Don’t like Eric Holder? Can’t stand David Axelrod? Good news: they both agree with you!
Attorney General Eric Holder nearly came to blows with political strategist David Axelrod after a Cabinet meeting in the White House, according to a new book by a Newsweek investigative reporter.
In Daniel Klaidman’s “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency,” excerpts of which were obtained by Politico’s Mike Allen, Klaidman tells of a heated exchange between the two that almost turned physical in the West Wing.
Klaidman writes that Axelrod, then Obama’s senior adviser, was “incensed” because he had heard that “Holder and his aides were spreading the word that he was trying to improperly influence the Justice Department…”
“’Don’t ever, ever accuse me of trying to interfere with the operations of the Justice Department,’ he warned Holder after confronting him in the hallway…”
”Holder did not appreciate being publicly dressed down by the president’s most senior political adviser.”
“Determined to stand his ground against Tammany Hall, the A.G. ripped into him in full view of other White House staffers. ‘That’s bull****,’ he replied vehemently. The two men stood chest to chest. It was like a school yard fight back at their shared alma mater, Stuyvesant, the elite public high school for striving kids from New York City.”
Ultimately, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett stepped in to break things up.
Only one way to solve this:
Also, according to the book, Holder was so sad and all alone that he thought about quitting. Awwwwwwwww. 🙁
Oh, and ATF agent Brian Terry and at least 300 Mexican citizens are still dead in the Fast & Furious scandal, and Holder still hasn’t come clean about it. Details, details.