Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder is letting everyone know precisely what he thinks of the current leader of the justice department, William Barr.
In an op-ed penned for The Washington Post, Holder attacked Barr both professionally and personally. In part, he wrote: “Barr has made a series of public statements and taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate for America’s chief law enforcement official that they demand a response from someone who held the same office.”
Holder served as former President Obama’s high-profile AG from 2009 to 2015. For a time, it was being speculated that he was considering throwing his hat into the 2020 presidential race. While that never transpired, Holder has made headlines for his behind-the-scenes political work. An an active part of the National Redistricting Action Fund, Holder and his team work to alter “…manipulated electoral maps that were drawn by Republicans.”
In his WaPo op-ed, Holder also expressed fear that Barr’s alleged fecklessness could have ramifications for years to come: “Virtually since the moment he took office, though, Barr’s words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duty to the Constitution. Which is why I now fear that his conduct — running political interference for an increasingly lawless president — will wreak lasting damage.”
The Daily Mail notes the rarity with which former government criticize those who later fill their posts. However, given the hyper-politicized nature of modern-day politics, it probably comes as a surprise to few. Holder acknowledged this sentiment as he claimed, “I am reluctant to publicly criticize my successors.”
Barr’s most recent egregious offense, according to Holder? His commenting on John Durham’s ongoing investigation following the release of Michael Horowitz’ IG report: “It was infuriating to watch him publicly undermine an independent inspector general report — based on an exhaustive review of the FBI’s conduct — using partisan talking points bearing no resemblance to the facts his own department has uncovered.”
Although Holder stays active working to bring out the goals of the National Redistricting Action Fund, one can almost be sure he will come forward again regarding the findings of the Durham report–whatever they may be.
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.