Former Attorney General Eric Holder slammed President Donald Trump for saying he “protected” former President Obama during his time in office.
Holder said that as attorney general, he “had a president I did not have to protect.”
On “Real Tie with Bill Maher, Holder said, “The difference between me and [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions – I had a president I did not have to protect. So, this notion that I am somehow protecting Obama from things that he had done inappropriately or illegally is simply not true.”
He said, “I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter.”
During the interview, He also claimed that Holder “protected” Obama during Obama’s presidency.
Trump said, “I don’t want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this: Holder protected President Obama. Totally protected him.”
Holder criticized Trump for the remarks at the time, calling them “wrong” and “dangerous.”
In December, Holder tweeted, “Wrong/dangerous. Trump doesn’t have absolute rights with DOJ. But women and men there have ABSOLUTE duty to follow Constitution and rule of law – not a man. Career DOJ people have ABSOLUTE right to defy illegal orders. And they will. I know them.”
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Credit: The Hill