Attorney General under Obama, Eric Holder, is hoping to run for president in 2020. Holder emphasized his “close” relationship to former President Obama and his wish to “oppose” things which are “bad for the country,” presumably meaning the Trump presidency. The former AG has been working against Trump initiatives including crackdowns on drug dealers and illegal immigrants.
Holder says he wants to move to a move visible role in government. “Up to now, I have been more behind-the-scenes. But that’s about to change. I have a certain status as the former attorney general. A certain familiarity as the first African-American attorney general,” he said. “There’s a justified perception that I’m close to President Obama. 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.”
“I thought, frankly, along with everybody else, that after the election, with Hillary Clinton as president, I could walk off the field,” continued the former AG. “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.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Holder spoke Monday in the lobby of the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles in favor of a California Senate bill that would prohibit local and state police from assisting in federal immigration enforcement.
He said that the “federal government does not have the ability to force states to do things that are inherently federal in nature.” A Republican-backed bill in the House of Representatives with White House support would allow state and local jurisdictions to create their own immigration law consistent with federal statutes.
The former attorney general who is from Washington is seeking to use California as a launching pad for his political ambitions. He said, “California is in so many ways a trendsetter, whether it is in pop culture or in politics.”