Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder has advised against using the Department of Justice (DOJ) to exact revenge on Donald Trump’s political opponents. Trump, the Republican frontrunner for the 2024 presidential nomination, has stated that if reelected, he will seek “retribution” against his opponents but will not become a tyrant. He would solely utilise the power of the office to expand oil drilling and close the border with Mexico.
Holder suggested that seeking retribution against a political opponent who has mistreated them would be an easy process for a president to implement. If the president told a compliant attorney general, ‘I don’t like what this congressman said or did about me or to me over the last two or three years, so I opened an investigation on that person,’ that attorney general could instruct a compliant United States attorney to do the same. They can also speak with a compliant FBI director who the president might assign to open an investigation and look through that person’s life for anything they might find.
Trump is currently facing 91 criminal accusations in four indictments, two of which are state and two of which are federal. He has constantly maintained his innocence in the proceedings, claiming that they are the result of a political witch hunt against him. Some Trump supporters have already stated that they expect a second Trump presidency will allow them to target people they believe have engaged in an unwarranted legal campaign against them.
Kash Patel, a former National Security Council officer and member of the Trump administration, said on his podcast last week that they will “go out and find the conspirators not just in government but in the media.” Without providing any evidence, the former president and his allies have repeatedly asserted that the 2020 presidential election was stolen due to widespread voting fraud. Trump has singled out NBC News and MSNBC, implying that their access to broadcasting should be restricted.