Obama’s AG slams Donald Trump following unprovoked attack


In an interview with The New York Times last year, Donald Trump made the outlandish statement that he could do what he wanted with the Justice Department. (See video below)

He was asked at the time if he would reopen the investigation into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email use during her time as secretary of State, and he replied:

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.

Trump told the newspaper it was “too bad” that his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from the Russia investigation, and said he had great respect for Holder protecting Obama while he was attorney general:

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.“When you look at the things that they did, and Holder protected the president. And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest.

Holder slammed Trump for the remarks at the time, calling them “wrong” and “dangerous”:

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.

In an appearance on this week’s Real Time 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.

Holder’s remarks come after Trump launched a fresh attack against Sessions this week, calling it “disgraceful” that he has asked an inspector general and not Justice Department lawyers to investigate potential surveillance abuses.

The president said the Justice Department’s inspector general is ill-equipped to probe allegations that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was improperly used to monitor members of his transition team.

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