Former Attorney General Eric Holder is nonplussed, at best, with President Donald Trump.
In a rare interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Holder discussed the FBI, the DOJ, and his potential designs on the presidency.
“Would you make a better president [than Trump]?” Maddow asked.
Holder let loose.
“I think any one of my kids would make a better president than Donald Trump,” he said. “But, you know, I think there are a number of people who would be a better president than the person we now have in the White House who has broken through those norms, conducted himself in a way that’s inconsistent about what’s best about this nation, labeled people in very inappropriate ways, used inappropriate terms when talking about countries, [and turned] his back on our immigrant heritage.”
The two also discussed what an attorney general’s role should be in an administration, and how current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is acting in a troubling manner.
“[As Attorney General] you are supposed to shield your people from political pressure. And one of the things that disturbs me the most is the fact this attorney general has for whatever reason been relatively silent,” Holder said.
“When attacks are going against career people at the FBI, career people at the United States Department of Justice, I have to think that the leadership knows these are spurious attacks, that they’re inconsistent with the rep tags that these people have, the way in which they’ve conducted themselves over the years,” he continued.
Holder also stressed the importance of putting the role before the self when serving in the government.
“Those voices, those leadership voices need to be heard in defense of the people who they supervise,” he said. “It’s a privilege to be the attorney general of the United States. What you have to do if you are an AG is protect the values that define the institution and the people that define that institution.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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