On Wednesday, former Attorney General Eric Holder stated that he believed Robert Mueller could legally prosecute President Donald Trump on obstruction of justice charges, adding that the special counsel would only need to build a solid case against the president.
“Is there a technical case there now?” Holder asked in response to a series of questions from POLITICO after a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Wednesday. “I think so. Now.”
Holder, who ran the Justice Department under President Barack Obama and was deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton, was initially hesitant to state if he thought Mueller could bring an obstruction case to the table. Opponents of the idea argue that the law prevents the president from being charged with such a crime, while others argue that he cannot be indicted at all.
Holder disagreed with the sentiment, stating that the sitting president is not above the law.
However, the former attorney general made sure to emphasize that prosecutors would need a great deal of evidence if they were going to pursue a case against a sitting president.
“If you’re a prosecutor, you make sure that you are building the best case. Not a technical case, but the best case, you know, that you can,” he stated, having experience as a prosecutor leading an effort to put a sitting congressman in prison. “You know, the Comey firing. The outreaches to Coats and the other intel guys.”
“There are a variety of things that I can think of, technically” that could be used against the president in an obstruction case, Holder said, then adding “now, who knows what else they’ve got.”
Holder, who has been a consistent critic of the president, has yet to announce if he is going to be running for any political office. He has stated that he would decide by the end of 2018 “whether or not there is another chapter in my government service.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is spearheading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in during the 2016 presidential elections. The wide-ranging probe has been investigating the Trump administration (and former campaign) for any collusive activities with Russia, dragging various Trump associates into the matter and pressing charges against a few of them.
The investigation is also searching to find evidence of the president obstructing justice. Some legal experts cite Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was heading the Russia probe, as well as subsequent reports that Trump asked the Director of National Intelligence and two other U.S. intelligence officials to intervene with Comey’s investigation.