During a meeting with Democrats in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was asked if he would consider running for president. Holder reportedly responded, "Am I interested it? Yeah, I'm interested!"
Is he serious?
Holder also said he’d first have to discuss it with his family and probably wouldn’t decide until early 2019, CNN reported.
The comments fell in line with what Holder told late night TV talk show host Stephen Colbert on Monday: “I’m thinking about it.”
Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement official during the President Barack Obama-era, has dropped hints about a presidential run since March. Holder faced a number of controversies while serving as attorney general, including some relating to the First Amendment.
Currently, Holder is raising money for Democrats while traveling the nation as the head of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
So far, Holder has traveled to Arizona, Indiana, and Ohio for state Democratic Party dinners, the Washington Examiner reported. Additionally, he has made appearances in Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia, reports state.
What controversies surrounded Holder?
As attorney general, Holder’s faced criticism over some of his reported dealings with the media. Under his leadership, the Justice Department faced public backlash in 2013 for seizing phone records from the Associated Press.
Also in 2013, Holder denied his department tried to prosecute journalists over reports for a story he published in 2009 about Iran.
Holder also defended his department’s handling of its prosecution of Reddit co-founder, computer programmer and activist Aaron Swartz.
He was arrested in January 2011 on 13 felony charges relating to hacking into and downloading academic articles from a JSTOR database and making them freely available.
Swartz committed suicide before facing a potential federal prison sentence of up to 35 years. His family called his suicide the result of "a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach."
Additionally, Holder was criticized for not bringing criminal charges against banks for the financial crisis in 2007.
“Holder, for a combination of political, self-serving, and craven reasons, held his department back,” The Intercept reported.