(CNSNews.com) – Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday that he believes one of the reasons why President-elect Donald Trump won was because of decisions Holder made while at the Justice Department.
“I have to think that at least part of it though was decisions made in my Justice Department that had at least some impact. I can’t quantify it, but I think it had some impact,” Holder said.
In an interview with Maher, Holder said he was more relaxed because he wasn’t “carrying a bunch” of Republicans on his shoulders beating him up.
“You did a hell of a job, and they didn’t make it easy for you,” Maher said.
Among other things, Holder received congressional scrutiny and scorn from Republicans for his handling of the controversial gunwalking scheme, the Fast and Furious Operation, which resulted in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – a division of the Justice Department – knowingly allowed intermediaries of Mexican drug cartels to buy weapons at licensed firearms dealers inside the U.S. The guns were to be tracked back to the cartels, but the tracking failed and most of the guns were never retrieved.
Holder, the first attorney general in history and the first cabinet member in history to be held in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed records regarding Fast and Furious, retired in April 2015.
Holder said one of the things he didn’t like about “Real Time” was that they had Rep. Darryl Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on as a guest.
“The one thing I didn’t like about your show given all the crap I had to deal with, I had to watch your show and see him up here,” Holder said. “Ban him!”
“No, we can’t do it that way. Come on, we have to come together. We have to listen to both sides,” Maher said.
“Not in this new world we have. We push our side,” Holder said.
“Well we do push our side, but I mean I would argue with you that one reason why the Democrats lost is ‘cause they didn’t listen to the other side. They didn’t hear those voices. They used to be the party of the working man, and they seemed to have forgotten how to do that,” Maher said.
“I think there are a whole variety of reasons, and I think that’s one of them. I have to think that at least part of it though was decisions made in my Justice Department that had at least some impact. I can’t quantify it, but I think it had some impact,” Holder said.