President Trump’s big mouth is the perfect size for him to repeatedly stick his foot firmly in it. Former Attorney General Eric Holder seized upon Trump’s latest verbal gaffe and turned it around into an indictment of the character of the man spewing forth the invective.
Holder responded to the comments President Trump made saying that the former Attorney General had “protected” President Obama when he was in office, as Trump tried an attack with an extra degree of difficulty, insulting the previous Democratic administration while simultaneously hitting his own Attorney General, the insufficiently loyal and subservient Jeff Sessions, where it hurts.
Holder had the perfect comeback for the current President and he deployed it well in his appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, giving some vengeful ammunition to Sessions in the process.
“The difference between me and [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions — I had a president I did not have to protect,” Holder said. “So, this notion that I am somehow protecting Obama from things that he had done inappropriately or illegally is simply not true,” he continued.
Trump’s original remarks about Holder “protecting” Obama came in an interview with The New York Times last year when he was asked whether he would order the Justice Department to continue to pursue his defeated opponent Hillary Clinton over her misuse of confidential information in the handling of her email servers.
Well before his own administration was mired in a much more egregious violation of security protocols through the lack of permanent top secret clearances for large numbers of White House staff, including his own son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump had this to say about the Justice Department.
“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,” he said.
His uninvolvement apparently didn’t include his backhanded slap at Jeff Sessions through this comment about Obama that Holder vigorously slammed down.
“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,” Trump said.
Holder’s reaction at the time Trump said that was similar to what he said on Bill Maher’s program last night, calling the accusations “wrong” and “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,” Holder tweeted in December.
With Trump renewing his attacks on his hand-picked lapdog of an Attorney General who won’t quite follow his every command, Sessions is in an uneasy position. He’s absorbed the belittlement from the President with only one quickly-rejected resignation attempt so far, knowing that his resignation could be the first step in dismantling the Robert Mueller investigation into Trump’s electoral campaign.
At this point, he may only be holding out on tendering his resignation again out of pure spite. At least Sessions can get some satisfaction out of knowing that his predecessor Eric Holder has some sympathy for his position.
You can watch a clip of Eric Holder on Real Time With Bill Maher in the video below.