Joy Reid on Mueller Report: It Feels Like the Seeds of a Cover-Up Are Here

March 24, 2019

MSNBC host Joy Reid suggested on Saturday that the Trump administration is engaging in a cover-up in regards to special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation.

"The fact that this investigation takes place within the Justice Department which Donald Trump essentially controls and he got rid of the problem Jeff Sessions ... the one decent thing that he did was recuse himself, this guy is not recused, it feels like the seeds of a cover-up are here," Reid said.

MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance said a cover-up is possible but unlikely due to the number of people involved in the report.

"I mean, theoretically it could happen, right," Nance said. "Bill Barr is one guy. There are secretaries, there are people who have to handle these documents. There are the FBI agents who did this themselves. I don't think that there's room for a cover-up because why cover up the greatest scandal in the history of the United States with the greatest scandal in the history of the United States. An attorney general trying to engineer that. I don't believe that's going to happen because if they do, then you can just see copies of this thing falling out by the palate load in front of the Washington Post."

Mueller concluded his nearly two-year long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and submitted it to the Justice Department on Friday.

Elie Mystal, editor of, shared his view that Attorney General Bill Barr protected President Donald Trump by ending the special counsel investigation. Mueller released a statement saying that at no time was his investigation impeded and he received all the necessary resources and documents.

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 know why we think that Barr isn't the one who stopped the investigation. This is a 22-month long investigation, Barr has been on the scene 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. Now, what might be in the best interest of Donald Trump is to release information about all the people that Mueller prosecuted and why and release information about all the reasons Mueller didn't choose to prosecute Trump or his children, without releasing any of the information about what they actually did. Why wouldn't he do that? What Trump administration official has conducted themselves honorably through this entire process? None. Why would Barr be different?