The man once referred to as “Obama’s wingman” slammed Attorney General Bill Barr for his alleged lack of independence from President Donald Trump.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder, known for his close relationship with President Barack Obama, said that AG Barr is “unfit to lead” and “nakedly partisan” in a new op-ed for The Washington Post.
The screed was apparently prompted by Barr’s criticism of arguably illegal spying that took place under the Obama administration.
“Attorney General William P. 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,” Holder wrote, according to the Washington Exmainer.
“Obama’s wingman” slams Barr
Holder joins a group of actors in the mainstream media and Obama’s Justice Department who have attacked Barr for pointing out that his inspector general (IG), Michael Horowitz, uncovered a pattern of alarming abuse in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. The media and James Comey, Obama’s FBI director, have spent the week claiming that IG Horowitz’s report vindicates the bureau, despite his discovery that the FBI hid exculpatory information to justify spying on a Trump campaign member, Carter Page.
Barr has made his feelings known on the subject in no uncertain terms, telling NBC this week that the jury is still out on whether there was political bias and intentional malice in the Trump–Russia probe. While Horowitz said that there was no evidence of overall bias, Barr said that the IG probe wasn’t expansive enough to rule out “bad faith” and affirmed his view that Trump was “spied on” — a big no-no to Holder and others carrying water for the Obama “Deep State.”
“As someone who spent six years in the office Barr now occupies, it was infuriating to watch him publicly undermine an independent inspector general report — based on an exhaustive review of the FBI’s conduct — using partisan talking points bearing no resemblance to the facts his own department has uncovered,” Holder fumed, according to The Hill.
Holder also took issue with Barr’s recent Federalist Society speech excoriating the left for what he called a “systematic shredding of norms” in a “scorched-earth, no-holds-barred” effort to take down Trump. The left was displeased that Barr had taken notice of their efforts, and apparently, Holder is equally dismayed by his “nakedly partisan” criticism of unjustified spying and other abuses of power.
Holder shills for the Deep State
Perhaps most striking about Holder’s piece is its irony, coming from an attorney general who called himself “Obama’s wingman.” Perhaps Holder — who was held in contempt of Congress over the Fast and Furious scandal — isn’t the best speaker for this particular sermon.
Holder finished off the piece with pre-fabricated Democrat talking points about how Barr is “unfit to lead,” and called him Trump’s “defense lawyer” elsewhere in the piece — the only thing missing is “Russian asset.” The left has long used such terms of abuse to attack Barr for asking questions about how the Trump–Russia probe got started and adhering to the dictionary definition of “spying.”
With true class, Holder also said that Barr was “until recently” a respected lawyer and made a veiled threat to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who issued his own statement affirming disagreements with Horowitz. Holder suggested that Durham would go down in infamy if he insists upon his criminal investigation of the Trump–Russia probe, warning that “anyone in Durham’s shoes would do well to remember that, in dealing with this administration, many reputations have been irrevocably lost.”
It looks like Barr touched a nerve. Take it from Holder: criticism of illegal spying is unpatriotic.