Holder: 'Technical' case of obstruction of justice could be made against Trump

Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderCongress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? Biden meekly gives Saudi crown prince 'one free murder' pass on Khashoggi LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG MORE said Wednesday that a "technical" case for obstruction of justice charges could be made against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE, but cautioned that he didn't know if enough evidence existed to bring a case against the president.

In an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, the Obama-era attorney general pointed to Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE, as well as other actions the president had taken, as anĀ impetus for a possible case.


"You're talking about a technical case as opposed to one you might bring now," Holder said.

"If one looks at the dismissal of James Comey and the reasons why the president told Lester Holt he did that, if you look at the president's attempts to try to get people who were the heads of the intelligence agencies to get involved in this matter, if you look at the president's actions on the airplane with regards to that statement, and a variety of other things, I think you technically have a case of obstruction of justice."

But Holder went on to caution that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE may not be ready or able to bring such a case to a court yet.

"I'm not saying that this is a case that you would necessarily bring at this point, and I don't know what other evidence the special counsel has, but I think just from the basis of what has been reported in the media, and assuming that those reports are accurate, I do think that you have a technical case of obstruction of justice," he added.

Holder's comments about the president's alleged lawbreaking are some of the sharpest criticism of Trump yet from former members of the Obama administration. Holder served as Obama's attorney general from 2009-2015.

Mueller's special counsel investigation has ensnared four people connected to the Trump campaign or administration, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chair Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA MORE and his business associate Richard Gates, and former Trump campaign foreign policy aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE.

Mueller is reportedly interested in questioning the president about his decision to fire Comey last year, as well as his interactions with Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators last year.