Obama-Era Attorney General Excoriates Barr as ‘Unfit’ for Office

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served under President Barack Obama, has assailed the current holder of that office, William Barr, saying he is “unfit” to lead the Justice Department and likening his conduct to “the tactics of an unscrupulous criminal defense lawyer [rather] than a U.S. attorney general.”

In an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Thursday, Holder said he was reluctant to criticize his successor, but recently Barr “has made a series of public statements and taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate for America’s chief law enforcement official that they demand a response from someone who held the same office.”

The office of the Attorney General, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, has traditionally been considered one to be independent of the president even though the position is appointed by the president.

Holder, who served Obama from 2009 to 2015, has in the past been open about his allegiance to the former president, declaring himself to be the president’s “wingman” in a 2013 interview. Conservative critics derided Holder’s comments as “laughable” in light of his own record.

Barr, Holder asserts, has cast aside his own independence and chosen instead to undermine the people who work for him in order to placate President Donald Trump.

As an example, Holder cited a recent speech in which Barr made the “outlandish” suggestion that only the president himself can be trusted to execute the law.

“This is a stunning declaration not merely of ideology but of loyalty: to the president and his interests,” Holder writes. “It is also revealing of Barr’s own intent: to serve not at a careful remove from politics, as his office demands, but as an instrument of politics — under the direct ‘control’ of President Trump.”

Holder insists that until recently, Barr was a widely respected lawyer whom many expected to be a responsible steward of his office and a protector of the law.

“Virtually since the moment he took office, though, Barr’s words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duty to the Constitution. Which is why I now fear that his conduct — running political interference for an increasingly lawless president — will wreak lasting damage,” he writes.

Published in IJR

Responses

  1. holder makes barr look like a angel. fast and furious, irs, contempt of congress i guess holder doesn’t think that these things are breaking the law.

  2. My suggestion would be for Senior Rapido Y Furiouso and Barry the Fairy to lay low and keep their mouths shut till after the Durham report comes out then buy a couple tickets to Uzbekistan or Kalifornistan. ???

  3. Holder is just another delusional liberal. “Holder insists that until recently, Barr was a widely respected lawyer whom many expected to be a responsible steward of his office and a protector of the law.” Translated…. until he decided that President Trump did nothing worth impeachment. Barr is still respected and a responsible steward. Something Holder was not and is not.

  4. I remember Eric Holder when Janet Reno was the AG- his missteps then and when he was the AG. What is that saying about people living in glass houses not throwing stones?

  5. Holder was a super partisan Attorney General and did Presidents Obama’s bidding. Was known as Obama’s wing man.

  6. Like Hillary and her continuous comments…they are both irrelevant to anything happening today. They had their turns and screwed up everything they touched. But now, they seem to think they are superior in their thoughts under this administration. If the slime balls had left this administration alone from the beginning, we would be in even better shape than we are. They just can’t stand that Trump is the President and doing a damn good job despite everything they throw at him. Jealousy has raised its evil head in the democrat party.

  7. Obama’s “wingman,” currently under the outstanding charge of Contempt of Congress… this has to be the GREATEST COMPLIMENT EVER to AG Barr!

  8. Looks like Eric the liar is getting nervous!! What a joke he is!

  9. holder is only qualified to lick toilets clean, anything else is light years beyond him.

  10. Remember when this crook stated and affirmed of Obama?:
    “This is my boy, I have his back.”
    BTW Tell us more about Fast and Furious, you slime ball.

  11. Hahaha! Says the moron who participated in an armed standoff while attending Columbia. A person, due to his activities, should never have held that position. All from a guy who has the blood of many Mexicans and Border Agent Terry on his hands, thanks to Fast n Furious. What a joke?

  12. Disgraced Eric Holder thinks Barr is bad? Not really laughable, just sickening. Holder should be in jail, not getting press coverage!

  13. His opinions don’t count. Without Obama he’s just a flunkie.

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