Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that he is “not interested” in having a meeting with President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.
In a wide-ranging interview with Politico’s Andrew Restuccia, Sessions said he’s “not going to meet with the President, I think that’s not what this is about.”
He also defended the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
In the interview, Sessions was asked whether he would consider having a conversation with Trump on the campaign.
“We have not discussed any meetings,” Sessions replied.
“And if I have to meet him, I am not interested in the meeting,” Sessions added.
“It’s not a great way to run the Justice Department,” he said.
“I don’t think there is a very good way to do it.”
In an interview last week with The New York Times, Trump Jr. said Sessions was “not the right person” to discuss Trump.
The Justice Department has repeatedly declined to confirm or deny Sessions’ recusal.
In a letter sent to Trump last week, Sessions’ former deputy, Rod Rosenstein, said that he has “no knowledge of any conversations between the President and any Russian officials” that have not already been reported.