"On June 28, 2012, Eric Holder became the first attorney general to be held in both civil and criminal contempt. Why? Because President Obama asserted executive privilege," Sekulow noted.
Citing a 2012 op-ed Schiff wrote in Politico,
Trump's lawyer said, "With respect to the Holder contempt proceedings, Mr. [impeachment] Manager Schiff wrote, 'the White House assertion [of privilege] is backed by decades of precedent that has recognized the need for the president and his senior advisors to receive candid advice and information from their top aides."
that's correct, not because manager Schiff said it, but because the
Constitution requires it," Sekulow added. "Mr. Manager Nadler said that
the effort to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing
to comply with various subpoenas was 'politically motivated,' and
Speaker Pelosi called the Holder matter 'little more than a witch
And now the chorus of "But it's different when our guy uses it!"