On MSNBC this morning, Joy Reid talked with her panel about what Attorney General Bill Barr will ultimately do now that he’s reviewing the full Mueller report, even suggesting possible “seeds of a cover-up.”
In a segment first flagged by The Nation‘s Aaron Maté, Reid asked if there’s “any reason to have any confidence in William Barr here.”
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said, “So far so good. The letter says all the right things, and he’s really adhered to the letter of the regulations, which is good.”
Right now, he added, all they can do is wait and see, but he’s encouraged so far.
Reid read from Barr’s letter––the part where the AG pledged “as much transparency as possible”––and said, “I remain cynical.”
Above the Law editor Elie Mystal agreed with Reid, saying, “Is Trump’s flunky going to release a report that might be damaging to his sugar daddy? I don’t think so.”
“I don’t even know why we think that Barr isn’t the one who stopped the investigation,” he continued. “This is a 22-month-long investigation, Barr’s been on the scene for a month, and now we’re done? That doesn’t strike anybody as odd? No, I have absolutely no confidence that Bill Barr will do anything other than what is in the best interest of Donald Trump.”
Reid then said she has concerns about “the seeds of a cover-up”:
“The fact that this investigation takes place within the Justice Department, which Donald Trump essentially controls, and that he got rid of the problem, Jeff Sessions, who––the one decent thing that he did was just recuse himself. This guy is not recused. It feels like the seeds of a cover-up are here.”
You can watch above, via MSNBC.
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