Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he believed Robert Mueller legally could prosecute President Donald Trump on obstruction of justice charges — but that the special counsel would need to build a strong case.
“Is there a technical case there now?” Holder said in response to questions from POLITICO after a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday. “I think so. Now.” But the ex-AG emphasized that he thought prosecutors would want to gather as much evidence as possible, especially in going after a sitting president.
“If you’re a prosecutor, you make sure that are building the best case. Not a technical case, but the best case, you know, that you can,” cautioned Holder, a former federal prosecutor who led an effort to put one sitting U.S. 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, before adding of Mueller’s team: “Now, who knows what else they’ve got.”