Eric Holder slams Trump’s debate threat to Clinton

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee June 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Holder testified on the Justice Department's 2014 budget, and also faced questions on recent reports of surveillance of phone calls by news reporters. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Donald Trump “dangerous” and unqualified to be president after the Republican nominee threatened to use an arm of the federal government to punish his opponents during Sunday’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton.

“If I win, I’m going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception,” Trump said of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The threat didn’t sit well with Holder, who once held the office Trump seeks to abuse.

Holder pointed out that even the famously vindictive President Richard Nixon was thwarted in his efforts to leverage the federal government to fight personal battles. And even when such strong-arm tactics do prevail, the author and Republican political strategist Stuart Stevens noted on Twitter, things tend to unravel in the long run: