Some people just can’t accept that their 15 minutes of fame are up.
At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington on Monday, former Attorney General Eric Holder said he won’t rule out running for president in 2020.
Former Attorney General EricHolder on possibly running for office: “I think I’ll make a decision by the end of the year about whether or not there’s another chapter in my government service.” https://t.co/nbBlcFj2nI pic.twitter.com/UChXw27yEa
— livenews? (@livechannelfeed) February 7, 2018
Responding to a question about whether he will enter the race, Holder stated, “We’ll see.”
“I’m focused on the NRDC at this point,” he added, referring to his chairmanship of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an organization that helps Democratic candidates ahead of the redistricting that will take place after the 2020 Census.
“But I think I’ll make a decision at the end of this issue as to whether or not there is another chapter in my government service,” the former attorney general told the press.
Holder, who headed the Obama Justice Department from 2009 to 2015, became popular among Democrats for his work on issues like same-sex marriage and marijuana.
He was also the subject of controversy, most notably the Fast and Furious scandal, in which the DOJ oversaw a failed firearms sting operation that ultimately put approximately 2,000 weapons into the hands of Mexican gangs.
Holder was held in contempt of Congress for not releasing documents the House Oversight Committee said showed the attorney general knew about Fast and Furious earlier than he had claimed.
The DOJ’s office of the Inspector General eventually cleared Holder of wrongdoing related to the scandal.
Since leaving the federal government, the Obama loyalist has been a vocal critic of President Trump, most recently speaking out against the release of the House Intelligence memo that showed abuse by the FBI in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.
People must understand what is at stake by release of the bogus, contrived Nunes memo. It uses normally protected material and puts at risk our intell capabilities in order to derail a legitimate criminal investigation. This is unheard of- it is dangerous and it is irresponsible
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) January 31, 2018
Fox political analyst Brit Hume pointed out the hole in Holder’s logic.
Holder, of course, has no way of knowing what the memo says, unless someone has leaked it. And what does that tell you about who is playing fast & loose with secrets? https://t.co/zEEsKFZyYt
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 2, 2018
The memo was released on Friday, and did not contain sensitive descriptions of methods or sources as Holder and others had warned.
A Holder candidacy might not be such a bad idea. President Trump could use a landslide reelection win.