Only White House Official Ever Held in Contempt Considering Presidential Run

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February 07, 2018Feb 07, 2018

Former Attorney General Eric Holder might be running for president in 2020. He hinted during a Washington, D.C. breakfast Wednesday morning hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that he hasn't ruled out a run.

Holder, who is friends with former president Barack Obama, said "We'll see" when asked if he would mount a primary bid. Later, he added that he'll decide later in 2018 whether he will step into what is expected to be a very competitive race for the Democratic nomination.

Reporters also questioned Holder about any other possible future career moves in politics.

He replied equally vaguely: “I’ll see. I’m focused on the NRDC [National Democratic Redistricting Committee] at this point.”

By the NRDC, Holder is referring to President Barack Obama’s chief political operation, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Holder runs. The Committee aims to put the Democratic party "in better shape ahead of the redrawing of political maps after the 2020 census," explained the Washington Times.

He continued, “But I think I’ll make a decision at the end of this issue as to whether or not there is another chapter in my government service."

During his time as Obama’s attorney general, Holder became a polarizing figure. He was the first member of a president's cabinet in history to be held in contempt by Congress.

They held him in contempt after he failed to cooperate with a Congressional investigation into a Justice Department program that provided guns to Mexican gangs.

The scandal, which was referred to as "The Fast and Furious Scandal," ended with Holder being held in contempt. The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting in support of a criminal contempt resolution, which authorized Republicans leaders to seek criminal charges against Holder.

This Democratic support came despite a round of behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice officials - as well as pressure from party leaders - to support Holder.

At the time, Holder blasted the contempt vote as “politically motivated” and “misguided." He singled out Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and lead Republican on the Fast and Furious probe, for special criticism.

“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided—and politically motivated—investigation during an election year,” Holder said in his statement. “By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety. Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations, and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe—they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted outcome.”

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