Eric Holder, who served as attorney general during the majority of the Obama administration, made a prediction about the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Friday.
And President Donald Trump will not like it.
What did Holder say?
Speaking on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday, Holder implied that Mueller’s investigation would end with a grand jury indicting Trump for obstruction of justice.
“You technically have an obstruction of justice case that already exists. I’ve known Bob Mueller for 20, 30 years. My guess is he’s just trying to make the case as good as he possibly can. So, I think that we have to be patient in that regard,” Holder explained, according to The Hill.
Holder did not explain what evidence exists to accuse the president of such a high crime.
The former attorney general went on to bash Trump for not adequately responding to or preventing Russian interference in American elections, which Holder also predicted would continue in the 2018 midterm elections, the 2020 presidential election and beyond.
“He’s done nothing to hold the Russians accountable in spite of the fact that this dysfunctional Congress passed sanctions that he has refused to implement,” Holder claimed.
“And that for me is breathtaking, unforgivable and ultimately something the American people have to hold him responsible for,” he added.
Is Holder right? Did Trump commit obstruction of justice?
It’s no secret that Mueller’s investigation appears to have focused itself on the Trump campaign and those around it instead of actually pursuing Russian interference in the election. But many Trump opponents continue to propagate the “obstruction of justice” claim with little evidence to back their claims.
Mostly, they claim that Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director last May constitutes obstruction. However, many legal expert, such as liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, says no obstruction case exists.
He explained on “Fox and Friends” last December:
You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power to fire Comey and his constitutional authority to tell the Justice Department who to investigate, who not to investigate. That’s what Thomas Jefferson did, that’s what Lincoln did, that’s what Roosevelt did. We have precedents that clearly establish that.
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