Former Attorney General Eric Holder shocked Face the Nation Sunday host Margaret Brennan when he said AG Merrick Garland should indict former President Trump over his role in the Jan. 6th Capitol riot.
Holder’s comments are a stark reversal from his previous statements on the subject where he’s cautioned AG Garland against filing criminal charges against the former president.
“There have been critics of him who say that he isn’t being aggressive enough around the prosecutions regarding January the 6th.” Brennan said. “Do you think that’s right?”
“No one knows,” Holder said. “I have great faith in Merrick and in the people at the Justice Department. We won’t really know how aggressive they have been until they are before a camera in announcing a decision either to indict certain people or not indict certain people.”
“At some point, people at the Justice Department, perhaps that prosecutor in Atlanta, are going to have to make a determination about whether or not they want to indict Donald Trump,” Holder said.
Brennan then asked the former AG if the decision were his if he would choose to indict the former President.
“Well, I think there’s going to be sufficient factual information,” Holder said. “And I think that there’s going to be sufficient proof of intent. And then the question becomes, what’s the impact of- of such an indictment? I’m an institutionalist. My initial thought was not to indict the former president out of concern of what- how divisive it would be. But given what we have learned, I think that he probably has to be held accountable.
So far, AG Garland has remained tight-lipped over plans to indict the former president.