The “High Fidelity” actor ripped President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder via Twitter Wednesday over their lack of accountability over the controversy surrounding the seizure of phone records belonging to several Associated Press reporters and editors. Cusack’s tweets were part of a conversation between the actor and Jesselyn Radack, the National Secretary and Human Rights Director at the Government Accountability Project.
@jesselynradack I think we should accept we have a virtual president and AG - no accountability -recuse themselves? It’s a joke.. The only— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 16, 2013
Holder announced earlier this week that he’s not sure how the Justice Department seized the phone records of Associated Press journalists occurred because he had previously recused himself from the investigation. He instead delegated Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole to be in charge of the decision to subpoena records from the press.
In later tweets to Radack, Cusack pointed out that Obama has run a virtual presidency because he’s gone out of his way to protect Wall Street financial firms, allow the “intimidation of press prosecuting whistleblowers at all time record rate,” permit the use of spying, kill lists and drones, and keep Guantanamo Bay open.
While Cusack is not a conservative by any means, this is not the first time he’s attacked the president this year. He called Obama “another Ivy League a**hole shredding civil liberties and due process and sending people to die in some sh**hole for purely political reasons” in an op-ed published on the blog Truthout. He also criticized Senate Democrats for their absence during Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) 13-hour filibuster in March.