Democratic leaders in the California legislature announced on Wednesday (4 January) that former US Attorney General Eric Holder has been hired as legal counselor ahead of potential legal fights with the incoming Trump administration.
“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, told The New York Times. “This means we are very, very serious.”
De León said he expects the Golden State will challenge the Trump administration on a number of issues, including immigration, women and civil rights, criminal justice and the environment. The Senate leader said Holder will be the lead litigator with a team of expert lawyers.
“It was very clear that it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric,” De León said about watching Trump fill his Cabinet and set the tone for his administration. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”