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Eric Holder Blasts Sessions on Marijuana, Prison Reform

Eric Holder Blasts Sessions on Marijuana, Prison Reform
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Thursday, 08 February 2018 01:40 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made clear he disagrees on with his successor, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on issues like prison reform and marijuana enforcement.

While not mentioning Sessions by name during a Christian Science Monitor press breakfast on Feb. 6, Holder vividly contrasted his Justice Departments positions against those of the current attorney general over prison reform and the Sessions’ announced intention to step up marijuana-related prosecutions.

“Well I think with marijuana that [the Obama Administration] got it right,” said Holder. “You know the Justice Department has limited resources, and you're trying to decide how you are going to deploy those resources; what places are you going to place emphasis. “

He recalled a document known as the Cole memorandum in which the Department of Justice concluded by letting states experiment with enforcement of marijuana and the federal government put up “guard rails.”

“If you cross the line,” Holder added, “then there will be federal government intervention.”

On prison reform, Holder said it was an issue “where I think we had a rare opportunity. I remember having a meeting in my conference room. We had representatives from Koch brothers, from the Tea Party [and] from the Center for American Progress [and] the ACLU sitting down to talk about what was a shared goal — the notion of criminal justice reform.”

Holder referred again to the limited resources of the Department of Justice and “the need to bridge the trust gap that exists between people in law enforcement and certain communities in this nation, communities of color, in particular, criminal justice reform is something that I think should occur.”

Admitting he had not read “to any great extent” the current prison reform legislation crafted by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Holder did say that “what was being considered during the end of time I was attorney general I thought was a good way [to] reforming our processes.

"We've seen the Justice Department bringing cases where it ought to be against kingpins as opposed to people who are couriers. They are being given sentences that are commensurate with their conduct. And so I would hope that you know this administration would get back on that train — that was a bipartisan train — and start thinking seriously about criminal justice.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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