Eric Holder Hired By California To Help Fight Upcoming Legal Battles Against Trump White House
Former Attorney General Eric Holder has been hired by the state of California to fight any possible legal battles against the incoming Donald Trump regime. Many in the California Legislature, which is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, are wary of Trump's cabinet picks and their white supremacist, xenophobic, sexist, and science refuting stances on issues such as immigration, the environment, civil rights, and others. The announcement of Holder's hiring came on Wednesday. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won California by more than four million votes. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America on January 20th. Holder was Attorney General under President Barack Obama's administration from 2009 to 2015 and was the first African-American to ever hold the position. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took Holder's place, which made her the first African-American woman to ever hold the position. Holder is currently a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling and focuses on representing states against the federal government. The payment Holder and his firm will receive has yet to have been decided but will be made publicly available once it has.
Holder remarked in a statement, "I am honored that the Legislature chose Covington to serve as its legal adviser as it considers how to respond to potential changes in federal law that could impact California’s residents and policy priorities. I am confident that our expertise across a wide array of federal legal and regulatory issues will be a great resource to the Legislature."
California Senate Democratic Leader Kevin de Leon and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, in a statement made after the election of Trump, vowed to "lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric of our Constitution." They also called Trump's views "inconsistent with the values of the people of California."
H/T: New York Times