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Eric Holder on Government Reform

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File lawsuits to enforce fair redistricting for 2020

In the months ahead, Holder plans to expand the scope of his opposition to Trump. Part of that expansion will center on the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a new, Obama-backed group that's working to prepare Democrats for 2020, when states will redraw the boundaries of their legislative and congressional districts for the first time in a decade. "Up until my now our efforts have been largely organizational--raising funds, generating support," Holder told Yahoo News. "But now we're moving into an operational phase where we'll be filing lawsuits and I'll be more visible talking about those issues."

"We have come too far as a nation, sacrificed too much, made too much progress, to allow the state of our nation to be undermined by the extreme part of a divided minority administration," Holder said, describing Trumpism as "the worst of us."

Source: Yahoo News coverage of 2017 Trump transition , Jun 20, 2017

Office prosecutes Congressional corruption cases

Holder’s U.S. attorney office prosecutes both local and federal crimes--including high-level Congressional corruption cases and other violations of the law involving federal workers. When the investigations involve politicians or their employees, the cases become high-profile, controversial, and emotionally charged. Holder, as the top attorney, must handle the publicity surrounding his office’s cases, both notorious and mundane. He must also assure that the cases are handled swiftly and legally.
Source: Biography on answers.com , Nov 18, 2008

Prosecuted Abscam case in the late 1970s

Public Integrity attorneys were charged with prosecuting high-level corruption cases, often involving respectable public figures. Among those Holder helped to prosecute, in his 12 years in the office, were former South Carolina congressman John W. Jenrette--in the notorious “Abscam” case in the late 1970s--and a Philadelphia judge who accepted monetary gifts to “fix” cases. The list of people Holder prosecuted while with Public Integrity included FBI agents, politicians, & organized crime figures.
Source: Biography on answers.com , Nov 18, 2008

DC statehood is perfectly legitimate

As one of the first acts in the majority, Democrats in Congress passed a resolution to give certain voting rights in the House to delegates from DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, & American Samoa. But consider this: American Samoa has fewer than 60,000 residents, while the average Congressional district represents 600,000 residents. Furthermore, Obama enthusiastically supports granting a congressional seat to heavily-Democratic Washington, DC, despite the fact that such a move would blatantly violate the Constitution, which reserves the right to vote for Congress to residents "of the several States." Washington, DC is not a state, of course, and this was noted in a legal opinion drafted by the Department of Justice. In a sign of the importanc of DC statehood to the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder rejected the opinion and ordered a new one from other Justice lawyers, who conveniently found that DC statehood is perfectly legit.
Source: Real Change, by Newt Gingrich, p. 36 , Dec 18, 2007

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