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Eric Holder on Trump: 'Unprecedented' to Attack Attorney General

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 October 2017 08:48 AM

President Donald Trump's criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not wise, according to former attorney general Eric Holder, who served in that role during the Obama administration.

"Unprecedented, unwise, and ultimately not helpful to the president. You know, it could be argued that it betrays a mindset of concern. It might be said to evince some consciousness of guilt or some concern that those who are acting independently might do something to him that is negative in nature and that if his appointed attorney general was still in charge, he might not be in as bad a position," Holder said Monday on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show."

Holder's reference to "those who are acting independently" apparently referred to Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian collusion, from which Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself.

"There are going to be things that an attorney general is going to do that the president is not going to agree with, and a president really is just going to kind of suck it up and say that the A.G. has the responsibility to enforce the laws. He's got national security responsibilities, and he is an independent actor in a way that other cabinet officials are not," Holder said in the Maddow interview.

Holder added that reports of Trump meeting with nominees for U.S. attorney are "unprecedented . . . you're not supposed to have any contacts — a U.S. attorney is not supposed to have any contacts with the White House, except through the Justice Department."

However, he added that Trump meeting with the nominees was not "legally inappropriate."

"With so many things that he does, it's just not the way things are done. It is not the tradition," Holder said in the Maddow interview.

Holder has been a critic of the Trump administration. On Wednesday, he said the administration's policies on crime were "not smart, not tough."

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