Former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder surprised many recently when he made a controversial claim about what might happen to President Donald Trump when he leaves office.
During an interview with CNN’s David Axelrod, who served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, Holder was asked about the possibility Trump being indicted when he leaves office.
When Axelrod asked whether the president could be prosecuted, Holder’s response was clear: “I don’t think there’s any question about that.”
“We already have an indictment in the Southern District of New York,” the Obama administration official said, referencing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to campaign finance violations.
“Individual-1 is the president, and it would seem to me that the next attorney general, the next president, is going to have to make a determination,” he said.
Holder was referring to Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney who is currently in prison for campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.
Current Justice Department guidance says a sitting president can’t be indicted, but Holder contends that Trump will be arrested and indicted when he leaves office.
CNN’s @davidaxelrod: “If there is no impeachment, do you believe that [Trump] is subject to prosecution after he leaves office?"
Former Attorney General Eric Holder: “I don’t think there’s any question about that.”
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— CNN (@CNN) September 14, 2019
Trump will be in Democrat crosshairs for the rest of his life. You don’t attack the deep state without the deep state hitting back.
But Holder’s comments won’t surprise many given this is the same guy who also said a few months back that Obama will go down as one of the most liked presidents in American history.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “The Beat,” Holder and host Ari Melber played a “speed round,” where the former attorney general was asked a series of questions and would respond with just a few words and as quickly as possible.
Holder also said Trump “is in danger of being the worst president in the history of the United States.”
But he took a much different tone with Obama.
Holder: A work in progress … um … a great nation.
Holder: He is in danger of being the worst president in the history of the United States.
Holder: History is going to be extremely kind to Barack Obama … He’s going to be a top five.
Holder: "He is in danger of being the worst president in the history of the United States."
Holder: "History is going to be extremely kind to Barack Obama … He’s going to be a top five." pic.twitter.com/A66WAF84iy
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 2, 2019
Later in that same interview, Holder said that America has never been “great.”
Holder’s comment came in response to Melber asking how it was possible to call America a “leader as a democracy” during the 1800s when women and African-Americans could not vote.
“When I hear these things about ‘Let’s make America great again,’ I think to myself: ‘Exactly when did you think America was great?'” Holder said, in reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
Holder then detailed several instances in which he claimed proved America was not “great.”
Holder is also the only attorney general in American history to be held in contempt of Congress.