Holder says he will get back in pol­i­tics af­ter Clin­ton de­feat

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For­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder may be set­ting the stage for a 2020 pres­i­den­tial run due to for­mer Secretary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s failed cam­paign.

Mr. Holder ar­rived this week at the Ron­ald Rea­gan State Build­ing in Los An­ge­les to dis­cuss ways of­fi­cials can legally com­bat Pres­i­dent Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, but he also ad­dressed his de­sire to get “back on the field” of pol­i­tics.

“Up to now, I have been more be­hind-the-scenes,” Mr. Holder told Ya­hoo News in an in­ter­view pub­lished Tues­day. “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. There’s a jus­ti­fied per­cep­tion that I’m close to Pres­i­dent Obama.”

The for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral was on hand to sup­port the Cal­i­for­nia Val­ues Act, or SB 54, a bill which aims to put a leg­isla­tive wall be­tween fed­eral and lo­cal agents on im­mi­gra­tion.

“Now is the time to be more vis­i­ble,” Mr. Holder said. “Now is the time to be heard … I thought, frankly, along with ev­ery­body else, that af­ter the elec­tion, with Hil­lary Clin­ton as pres­i­dent, I could walk off the field. 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.” — Dou­glas Ernst

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