The Justice Department will “probably” criminally charge former President Donald Trump over his actions following the 2020 presidential election, Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.
″My guess is that by the end of this process, you’re going to see indictments involving high-level people in the White House, you’re going to see indictments against people outside the White House who were advising them with regard to the attempt to steal the election,” Holder said during an interview on the radio show Joe Madison The Black Eagle.
“And I think ultimately you’re probably going to see the president, former president of the United States indicted as well,” he said.
When asked if he would pursue criminal charges against Trump as attorney general, Holder said he doesn’t have access to all of the materials that the DOJ has, but he expects the investigation to ramp up in 2023.
“Ernest Hemmingway was asked, ‘How do people go into bankruptcy?’ And you know, it’s similar to the way in which these public corruption investigations proceed. He said ‘it’s gradually and then suddenly.’ And so this has been a gradual thing. The Jan. 6 committee has elicited progress. More people are starting to come in. The Justice Department has announced it is involved, it’s got grand juries going,” Holder said.
“I expect you’re going to see the pace of these investigations start to pick up,” he continued. “The Justice Department, I suspect, goes dark because of not wanting to interfere with the election in 2022. But you watch the Justice Department in 2023.”
Holder said he first expects possible criminal charges to “come out of that prosecutor in Atlanta,” who is investigating Trump’s alleged attempts to change the election results there in 2020.
“You have the former president on tape saying, ‘Find me 11,780 votes,’” Holder said.
“Now people argue: ‘What was his intent?’” Holder continued. “Really? Put that before a jury. Not law professors who get all tangled up in what intent is. Regular people, listening to that tape, looking at the evidence, I think, will get to what I think is an appropriate conclusion.”
“So my eyes are on Fulton County first. Look at the Justice Department in 2023,” Holder added.
As former President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress over his apparent refusal to hand over documents on the Fast and Furious scandal in 2012, Politico reported at the time. However, Holder was never indicted for contempt of Congress – unlike Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon, who was indicted for the same actions.