Former Attorney General Eric Holder recently posted two tweets in defense of special counsel Robert Mueller, saying that if Mueller were fired, it would cross an “absolute red line”. The comments come after Mueller and his team gained access to thousands of emails sent and received from President Donald Trump’s transition team from the General Services Administration.
ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 17, 2017
The thousands of emails in question relate to 13 of Trump’s transition officials. Mueller’s team requested the emails from the GSA as opposed to Trump’s transition team, Trump for America. Kory Langhofer, general counsel for the transition group, has sent a letter to two congressional committees, the House Oversight and the Senate Homeland Security committees. In the letter, Langhofer argues that the GSA was unauthorized to release the emails to Mueller’s team of investigators.
The emails were handed over at the request of the FBI in September, and Trump’s transition team claims they weren’t informed of the turnover. Peter Carr, spokesperson for Robert Mueller, has said that the special counsel have followed the law when obtaining documents during the course of the investigation, saying, “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process”.
Although Trump’s transition team has taken issue with the way the investigator’s recieved the emails, Republican lawmaker, and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Trey Gowdy, released a statement saying that the dispute is one that should be settled in court, not Congress.
Which is why Holder is now defending Mueller. While the White House states they have no plans to fire Mueller, as the investigation gets closer to Trump himself, many are wondering when the president will decide he’s had enough and do it anyways. For his part, Holder has asked citizens to put country before party, and peacefully protest if moves are made to terminate Mueller. While that is a noble request, it seems unlikely that reactions to Mueller’s firing would be peaceful.
Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned:any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated.These are BS attacks on him/his staff that are blatantly political-designed to hide the real wrongdoing. Country not party
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 14, 2017