Former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder, when asked about the possibility of throwing his hat into the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, left things wide open on Wednesday.
During Wednesday’s Christian Science Monitor breakfast, when asked directly whether he planned to run for president, the former Attorney General said:
The comment followed Holder sharing a list of targets that his National Democratic Redistricting Committee is focusing on. The NDRC is backed by former President Barack Obama and has plans to flip the Republican dominated governor’s offices, among other things.
‘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 also warned that Donald Trump’s childish feuding with the intelligence community will have “long-term negative collateral consequences.” You can watch him discuss intelligence and the presidency in the video below, courtesy of NBC:
A bigger problem, according to Holder, is that in the future this will cause issues with the American public and the intelligence community. The constant questioning by Republicans and the Trump administration 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 the intelligence community, and think about the way in which he has spoken about his attorney general.’
The former Attorney General spoke of special counsel Robert Mueller, referring to him as “a strong guy” and expressed his confidence in the Russian investigation being concluded.
Below are some of the top reactions to this news from Twitter users, which were incredibly mixed, to say the least:
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