Former Attorney General Eric Holder has lashed out at President Donald J. Trump in comments made to reporters Wednesday.
Holder, who has often slammed the president, was attending the swearing-in ceremony for Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who came out victorious after a contentious race in Alabama to become the first Democrat to hold a Senate seat in the state in a quarter of a century.
As Holder exited the ceremony, he told reporters that the Justice Department leaders should “push back” against President Trump, who has made disparaging remarks about the DOJ in recent weeks, accusing them of having “deep state” connections. Trump told a reporter that he has an “absolute right” to run the nation’s law and order agency.
Holder said Trump’s statement was “dangerous” and “irresponsible.”
“It flies in the face of the way in which every American president, Republican and Democrat, has viewed the Justice Department,” Holder said. “It is dangerous, it is irresponsible, and it is something that I hope the people who are in the Justice Department now will push back on very, very strongly.”
A tweet by Holder on Wednesday claimed, “Trump’s comments about, and direction to, the Justice Department are unprecedented and, as I’ve said, dangerous. He slanders the honorable people there who serve as a core of our democracy. ***The statement attached is on the side of the DOJ building — this must be our guide.”
Holder included a meme with the phrase: “No free government can survive that is not based on the supremacy of the law. Where law ends, tyranny begins. Law alone can give us freedom.”
According to his Twitter feed, Holder is also concerned about redistricting issues, expressing alarm about a request sent to the U.S. Census Bureau to collect data about immigration status on the 2020 census.
Holder told reporters who asked if he will run for office in 2018 or 2020, “We’ll see.”
Holder’s statements to the press may be watched on a video by The Hill HERE. A video of Holder enthusiastically congratulating Jones during the same event may be viewed below.
Trump’s comments about, and direction to, the Justice Department are unprecedented and, as I’ve said, dangerous. He slanders the honorable people there who serve as a core of our democracy. ***The statement attached is on the side of the DOJ building — this must be our guide*** pic.twitter.com/QYGZrlK68x
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) January 3, 2018
Administration has constitutional duty to conduct a fair and accurate Census. A citizenship question-not usual-would undermine ability to count immigrant communities/have consequences for redistricting.
Census Bureau must reject this request. Be heard!https://t.co/jRx7HvFVTn
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) January 1, 2018
Eric Holder, here at Capitol, embraces Doug Jones: “This is a senator.” pic.twitter.com/GohZoMT92u
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) January 3, 2018