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By Allan Smith
Former Advocate General Eric Holder will not participate in the growing list of Democrats running for President in 2020, he announced in a Washington Post op-ed on Monday.
He wrote that he would instead focus on his redistricting reform efforts through National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
"For too long, the Democrats have lost the state and the local races that form the daily lives of the people we serve," Holder wrote. "When state legislators begin to draw new mood districts by 2021, what happens in these races over the next two years will form the next decade of our policy. Our struggle to end gerrymandering is about choosing leaders who actually working for the interests of people they should represent.
"I will do everything I can to ensure that the next democratic president is not hobbled by a delegation drawn to the extremes of members of runaway districts," he continued.
Holder served as President Barack Obama's first lawyer general and became a lightning rod for conservative criticism of the administration. President Donald Trump, in an interview with 2017 New York Times where he complained about his own lawyer, Jeff Sessions, claimed that Holder "Protected" Obama.
"I don't want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you, I will say this: Keep President Obama protected," Trump said. "Totally protected him."
Holder ripped Trump for the comment says that as a lawyer general "he had a president I did not have to protect."
In a recent podcast on the National Security Blog Lawfare, Holder said he disagreed with a legal opinion of a ministry of justice that a president should not be appealed.