In an effort to gear up for four years of Trump presidency, Democratic leaders of the California Legislature announced they hired Eric Holder to represent them in any legal battles that may arise.
According to the New York Times, the decision to retain Mr. Holder is just the latest of the “ideological battle” expected to occur over the next four years between the Trump administration and the Democratic state of California. In this state, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defeated the now President-elect by over four million votes.
Democratic leader of the Senate Kevin de León explained in an interview,
“Having the former attorney general of the United States brings us a lot of firepower in order to prepare to safeguard the values of the people of California. This means we are very, very serious.”
de León stated that he expected California to challenge the administration, especially in order to defend itself from policies put into place in Washington, including criminal justice and the environment. However, the decision to turn to Holder for assistance came from watching Mr. Trump assemble his cabinet. In effect, the California Democrats are responding to the way in which the President-elect has already set the tone for his presidency in the cabinet picks that he has made.
Mr. de León commented on Mr. Trump’s policy proposals over the course of his campaign, saying,
“It was very clear that it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric. He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”
Eric Holder served as President Barack Obama’s attorney general from 2009 to 2015 and was the first African-American to do so. As it stands, Holder is a prominent Washington attorney, currently a partner at Covington & Burling — a law firm that specializes in representing states and companies in lawsuits against the federal government.
In a statement, Mr. Holder explained,
“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.”