White House Brawl? Holder and Axelrod Almost Came to Blows
In Daniel Klaidman’s “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency“, the author describes a verbal altercation between Holder and Axelrod that almost led to a physical fight.
Klaidman wrote that Axelrod was furious at Holder after he heard that “Holder and his aides were spreading the word that he was trying to improperly influence the Justice Department.”
“Axelrod, who knew all too well that even the hint of White House meddling with Justice Departmentinvestigations could detonate a full-blown scandal, had been careful not to come close to that line,” Klaidman writes.
After one Cabinet meeting, Axelrod went to Holder and said, “’Don’t ever, ever accuse me of trying to interfere with the operations of the Justice Department.”
Holder, who did not appreciate being reamed in public, replied “That’s bullshit.” The exchange became heated, but fortunately, Valerie Jarrett stepped in to break it up.
“Few people could talk to Holder as directly as Jarrett could,” writes Klaidman.
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