Former AG Eric Holder Criticizes Trump for ‘Jail’ Comment During Debate

Trump campaign says remark was a 'quip'
October 10, 2016 Updated: October 10, 2016

Eric Holder, the former Attorney General, blasted Donald Trump for his remarks during the second debate with Hillary Clinton on Sunday evening.

While speaking directly to Clinton, Trump claimed that she would be in jail if he’s elected. “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your (missing email) situation,” Trump said. “Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.”

Clinton then said that “it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

“Because you’d be in jail,” Trump shot back immediately.

Holder, who served under President Obama, wrote on Twitter that Trump’s comments were out of line.

“In the USA we do not threaten to jail political opponents. @realDonaldTrump said he would. He is promising to abuse the power of the office,” Holder tweeted. “Be afraid of any candidate who says he will order DOJ/FBI to act on his command This is dangerous/so is @realDonaldTrump-he’s not qualified,” Holder added.

Current FBI Director James Comey, who headed an investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server while she served as secretary of state, has previously said Clinton’s handling of classified information was “extremely careless.”

Following the debate, Trump’s camp said the Republican candidate was merely joking. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC on Monday: “That was a quip.”

Conway said that Trump’s comment was a response to Clinton’s “snide comment.”

“She made a snide comment to him, because she said ‘this is why you can’t be president’ and he said she’d be in jail. Whether she goes to jail is not up to Donald Trump. It’s up to whoever adjudicates whatever crime she has or has not committed,” Conway noted, as reported by Politco.