Former Attorney General Eric Holder, the only cabinet member in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress, is contemplating a run for the presidency in 2020.
Holder, asked the question of a prospective presidential run by reporters at a media breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, responded, “You know, I’ll see. I’m focused on NDRC at this point. I think I’ll make a decision by the end of the year about whether there’s another chapter.”
Holder, who is currently supervising Barack Obama’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), said he plans to canvas the country about changing House district lines in roughly 20 states.
Holder attacked President Trump and the GOP, asserting that their attacks could “raise questions in a layperson’s head about the way the FBI is doing its job … I would hope that the President would rethink the way in which he has attacked career people at the FBI, career people in the Justice Department, career people in our intelligence community, and think about ways in which he has spoken about his attorney general.”
In 2012, the House of Representatives voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. As Darrell Issa (R-CA) pointed out in 2014, when Obama’s Department of Justice finally released thousands of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that Obama had previously claimed were exempt from congressional review, “When Eric Holder wants to know why he was the first Attorney General held in criminal contempt of Congress, he can read the judge’s order that compelled the production of 64,280 pages that he and President Obama illegitimately and illegally withheld from Congress.”
Holder’s legacy includes his refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation; his department monitoring Fox News’ James Rosen’s phone calls and e-mails; and his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the planner of the September 11 attacks, and his co-defendants in federal court in New York instead of military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay.