California Dems Retain Eric Holder To Fight "Clear And Present Danger" From Trump

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A few weeks ago we highlighted an epic climate change rant offered up by California's governor, Jerry Brown, who vowed to fight Trump, saying "we've got the scientists, we've got the lawyers and we're ready to fight" (see "Caught On Tape: CA Governor Brown Goes On Epic Climate Change Rant; Vows To Defy Trump").  And while Brown touted his army of lawyers, apparently he needed just one more which prompted the retention of former Obama Attorney General, Eric Holder.  Per the New York Times:

“With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead.  This is a critical moment in the history of our nation. We have an obligation to defend the people who elected us and the policies and diversity that make California an example of what truly makes our nation great.”


“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,” Kevin de León, the Democratic leader of the Senate, said in an interview. “This means we are very, very serious.”


Mr. de León said he expected California to challenge Washington — and defend itself from policies instituted in Washington — on issues including the environment, immigration and criminal justice. He said California Democrats decided to turn to Mr. Holder as they watched Mr. Trump assemble his cabinet and begin to set the tone for his presidency.


“It was very clear that it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric,” Mr. de León said of Mr. Trump’s proposals over the past year. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”

Eric Holder


Of course, Holder was "honored" to win the mandate from California which will undoubtedly result in $10s of million of dollars in bribes fees for his new law firm.

“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,” Mr. Holder said in a statement. “I am confident that our expertise across a wide array of federal legal and regulatory issues will be a great resource to the Legislature.”


The Legislature has an ample stable of lawyers on staff, but officials said Mr. Holder and his firm brought specific litigation and political skills that could be needed in the coming years. Mr. de León said the final compensation for the firm had not been set, but would be publicly disclosed once it was.

As a reminder, Holder made history back in 2012 when he became the first Attorney General ever to be held in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal which involved selling guns to Mexican drug cartels.  The scandal erupted on the national stage when one of those guns was confirmed to have been used to kill a U.S. border control agent, Brian Terry.

Meanwhile, the retention of Holder follows Jerry Brown's appointment of Representative Xavier Becerra to replace Kamala Harris as California's attorney general.  Becerra is expected to vehemently fight the Trump administration on any efforts to enforce immigration laws.

The move by Mr. de León and his Democratic counterpart in the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, follows Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of Representative Xavier Becerra as attorney general last month, to succeed Kamala D. Harris, who was elected to the United States Senate.


That appointment made Mr. Becerra one of the highest-ranking Latino officials in this state, and he is expected to be instrumental in battling with the Trump White House over any attempt to enforce stringent measures aimed at immigrants. Mr. Brown has made clear that he intends to challenge the administration on global warming and that his attorney general will be a key to that battle.

If regime changes make it difficult to peddle your power and influence in Washington D.C., we guess California is the next most logical destination.

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Dr.Carl's picture

Holder is not oriented to truth or reality.

gatorengineer's picture

Sounds like a good fit then

Pinto Currency's picture

Eric Holder - the Fast and Furious gun-runner of illegal weapons to terrorists and drug dealers.

Now there is a good representative to protect the people of California.

evoila's picture

i'll laugh my ass off when Trump executive orders a revolving door policy into place that precludes Holder from doing this.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Every crook and criminal in Wall Street will move to California to avoid prosecution.

Keyser's picture

My question is how is Holder going to be able to serve in this capacity when his law license is revoked as a result of being convicted of criminal activities when serving as AG at the DOJ?  Go get 'em Jeff... 

Arnold's picture

Holder is a shadow with out his cronies.

Arnold's picture

DC moving to take Cali?


tazs's picture
tazs (not verified) Arnold Jan 4, 2017 9:48 PM

Trump is the Obama version of the Republicans.

eatthebanksters's picture

Now I know you are a libtard...

fleur de lis's picture

Eric holder is a CIA concubine.

He was a defending attorney for one of the CIA companies inLatin America even though they trampled workers.

Scroll down for his participation:

No surprise that the California .gov crackheads would hire him.

To a great extent the CIA is responsible for the illegal migration Northward -- they made life impossible for the locals.



MalteseFalcon's picture

Holder was a bad-ass when he had the instruments of the state in his hands.

I'm hoping for a thorough investigation into Holders antics at the DOJ and jail time.

NoDebt's picture

I fully support California's movement to secede from the union.  That'll get rid of 3/4 of the libs and 1/2 the illegals from the country in one shot.  And the rest of the nation won't have to pay for their fucking entitlements to everyone under the sun anymore.

One requirement- they have to take Bill Maher with them.  Sorry, but I'm firm on that.  Failure to do so is a deal-breaker.


Déjà view's picture

Holder role in Marc Rich Pardon...DON'T KNOW WHY THIS NEVER 'DOGS' HIM...

Holder, whatever his other qualifications, could not say no to power. The Rich pardon request had power written all over it -- the patronage of important Democratic fundraisers, for instance. Holder also said he was "really struck" by the backing of Rich by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the possibility of "foreign policy benefits that would be reaped by granting the pardon." This is an odd standard for American justice, but more than that, what was Holder thinking? That U.S.-Israeli relations would suffer? Holder does not sound naive. He sounds disingenuous.

Vatican_cameo's picture


When in doubt, enlist the services of a "Magic Negro".  Any opposition is based on Racism.

Giant Meteor's picture

"Holder, whatever his other qualifications, could not say no to power."

Holder resembles a great deal, Bennett Holiday, in Syriana (2005) thus,  “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair,

Déjà view's picture

Amazing this criminal Holder is not in prison!

What really set Rich apart - and earned him billions - was his apparent willingness to do business with those who were off-limits. In spite of a United States boycott of Iran, Rich traded with the Ayatollah's government even while 53 Americans were being held hostage in Tehran. He would go on to do business in Libya, South Africa (during apartheid), Cuba, and other countries under embargo or boycott.

Apparently comfortable with his business practices, Rich was said to flout tax laws as well. In 1983, Rich was indicted on 65 criminal charges, including tax fraud and racketeering. He was accused of having evaded at least $50 million in federal taxes, leading then serving U.S. federal prosecutor (now former Mayor of New York City) Rudy Giuliani to remark that it was "the biggest tax evasion case in US history." Rich's company eventually paid out nearly $200 million in civil penalties, but Rich and his business partner, Pincus Green, avoided prosecution - and prison - by fleeing to Switzerland. Rich refused to return, claiming he was not guilty and was instead the victim of overzealous prosecution. The potential punishment was steep: if Rich had been convicted, he could have been given consecutive life sentences in prison.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Amazing this criminal Holder is not in prison!"~

"Come on now, Deja! Stiff upper lip, lad! Doncha' worry yer'self none, matey. Mister Trump and Mister Sessions just begun, now. Mark my words, they'll have ol' Fast 'en Furious in the hoosegow yet, you'll see!"

(said in my best Irish brogue.)

Long popcorn.

fleur de lis's picture

Holder is a real .gov crak ho.

MalteseFalcon's picture

"I fully support California's movement to secede from the union."

So do I, so civil war II can be declared.

Union troops will march knee deep in California blood.

I'll be wearing Union blue.

HungryPorkChop's picture

Here's one of the best laid out detective pieces of the past decade.

The Veneer of Justice in a Kingdom of Crime

They show that Eric Holder played a key and pivotal role in allowing Wall Street to lie, steal, commit fraud and manipulate markets without any interference from officials. 

Blankenstein's picture

This.  His justice department essentially worked for Goldmans and Wall Street. 

"To date, the question of why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to prosecute even one too-big-to-fail bank for the pervasive criminal frauds that drove the multi-trillion-dollar economic meltdown of 2008 has been answered pretty much with shrugs."

"Goldman Sachs’ legal defenses to fraud—and the DOJ’s adoption of those defenses—are summarized and exposed as false."

'A Veneer of Justice in a Kingdom of Crime'

Déjà view's picture

Rich was beginning to cultivate the Israeli government. He established the Rich Foundation in Tel Aviv, which would distribute more than $100 million to Israeli causes over the next decade. To oversee the foundation, Rich selected a former high-ranking Mossad official named Avner Azulay, whose ties to the intelligence agency probably never totally evaporated. Azulay was a useful conduit to Israel’s political elite. He was close to Yitzak Rabin, Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert. A decade later, Azulay would play a key role in securing Rich’s pardon from the Clintons.

Through Azulay, Rich offered his services to the Israeli government, especially the Mossad. Indeed, according to letters from Israeli officials, Rich played the role of a “Say-Ayon,” or unpaid asset of the Mossad. In fact, Rich was subsidizing Israeli intelligence operations. He financed numerous covert missions and allowed Mossad operatives to work covertly in his offices around the world.

Giant Meteor's picture

Well done. Indeed right. Sarbanes-Oxley my ass. Useless. A shit load of these sons of bitches should be cell mates with Bernie Made Off with the money .. Remember when Obammy said publicly to the TBTF crew, me, and my administration are the only thing standing between you and their pitchforks, (referring to the angered, 401k bereft, foreclosed upon plebes.) Right out in the open with that declaration. See also, the proliferation of so called "Non Prosecution Agreements" .. Criminal, Lawless Nation


MarsInScorpio's picture

So what happens when Holder is arrested for his crimes as AG?

The Trump DOJ has a lot of criminals to prosecute, after they clean out all the Loony Tunes Racist Liberals who work there now.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


The jokes just keep writing themselves! Next they'll be bringing on John Corzine for financial strategy.

Best. Election. Ever.

Giant Meteor's picture

Indeed right. The thing is, they don't think they are jokes, no laughing matter to these asshats. I've seen Holder interviewed on propoganda central. Many people believe he, (Eric the place Holder) just like Obammy, is some kind of fucking hero who saved the world. One is left only to scratch ones head and say aloud, what the  fuck? Holder (aptly named) has done his part in facilitating the international crime wave. Covington and Burling, International law eh? I say treasonous bastards, one and all.

But you are right, the jokes do write themselves. 

Nick Jihad's picture

Can you think of anyone they could have hired, that would piss off Republicans in Congress more?  I sure can't. This is going to be awesome!

turnoffthewater's picture

Not needed, Bail in law already enacted

CheapBastard's picture


1) repeal Obamacare;

2) replace crooked Lowrenta;

3) lock Her (Hitlery) up;

4) lock Holder and Soros up (preferably in Gitmo);

5) ban purple pants suits from Ebay and Amazon;

6) build that wall;

7) show off the stunning Ivanka and Melania more often.

Raffie's picture

Calif sure is different minded.

Hiring a criminal to attack an honest man.

boattrash's picture

Eric Holder is a fucking criminal! If my state paid him a retainer, I'd be raising Holy Hell with them.

Lumberjack's picture

Massachusetts Sheriff pledges to help Trump build wall.

FALL RIVER — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has made a personal offer to President-elect Donald J. Trump: Bristol County inmates will be available to help build Trump’s border wall with Mexico.

bh2's picture

The problem with the left is they just have no sense of humor. Particularly the ones in MA. This guy has just trolled them like bass-bait.

SoDamnMad's picture

Solet's go dig in the NSA files and put Mr. Holder behind bars where he can work for California (and his own sorry ass).

Encroaching Darkness's picture

It's time for a whole slew of investigations into Holder's malfeasance as AG that tie up his ass, his assets and his lawyers in knots for a few years. Start by arresting him for accomplice to murder involving those F&F activities.

silverer's picture

Hey Doc, do you get the feeling the Dems have been taken by surprise by this election? And they are desperate, grasping for straws? Maybe worried they didn't cook the books properly enough not to get caught? Something's up.

BabaLooey's picture

If the asshats running MexiTaxiMoonBeamfornia are against it - I'm for it.

If the asshats running BoxerFeinsteinfornia are for it - I'm against it.

Like my late mother (R.I.P.) used to say;

"If you're right...I don't wanna be."

Croesus's picture

I hope Holder finds himself in prison, Fastly and Furiously. That traitorous piece of shit deserves THAT at a minimum.

RyeWhiskey's picture

Hiring a criminal. Yeap, that "works".

rejected's picture

As they say " The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree"

Goes for politics too.

drendebe10's picture

Progressive liberal democraps are among the meanest nastiest hypocrite intolerant people on the face of the earth. Goes double for thus traitorous turd

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Jan 4, 2017 9:19 PM

Eric Holder - We must BRAINWASH People About Guns


a commie filth useful idiot obamaite

Yen Cross's picture

  GOOD news. The guy has the credibility of a TURD!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


The guy has the credibility of a TURD!

You really think he still has that much credibility?  ;-)

s2man's picture

Turds are useful as fertilizer...

silverer's picture

"...and defend itself from policies instituted in Washington — on issues including the environment, immigration and criminal justice"

Now the Dems want Erik Holder, Mr. Anti-Constitution itself, to be president?

shimmy's picture

They need to boot that shitty state out of the union. California is like the Israel of the U.S: always complaining about how unfairly it is treated and acting like it is some special place.

Arnold's picture

I always thought that Hong Kong would make a good new spot in Baja Cali.

I'm thinking the Chinks could make an offer on So Cal.