Obama-era cabinet member contemplating presidential run


Eric Holder, former attorney general during the Obama administration, said in an interview that he is planning to become “more visible” and reportedly is considering a run for president in 2020.

According to Yahoo News, Holder is exploring a bid and increasing his public appearances.

“Up to now, I have been more behind-the-scenes,” Holder said in an interview with Yahoo News. “But that’s about to change. I have a certain status as the former attorney general. … So I want to use whatever skills I have, whatever notoriety I have, to be effective in opposing things that are, at the end of the day, just bad for the country.”

Holder said, “Now is the time to be more visible.”

Earlier this week, Holder assisted in promoting a new California bill that could extend “sanctuary” protections to illegal aliens statewide.

For months, Holder has been working as an outside counsel to California Democratic lawmakers, advising them regarding potential challenges to Trump policies. His next project will reportedly be assisting an Obama-backed group that is preparing Democrats for redistricting in 2020. Holder will also make more political appearances and is organizing a “PAC-like organization” to help local governments resist the Trump agenda.

“I thought, frankly, along with everybody else, that after the election, with Hillary Clinton as president, I could walk off the field,” Holder said. “So when she didn’t win, I thought, ‘We’ll have to see how this plays out.’ But it became clear relatively soon — and certainly sooner than I expected — that I had to get back on the field and be in effective opposition.”

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