Calif. lawmakers hire Eric Holder to fight Trump
© Getty Images

The California Legislature hired former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Joe Biden's continued 'Russian misinformation' defense of Hunter is conspiracy-level laughable Tyson fires 7 after probe into managers coronavirus betting MORE as it prepares for expected battles with President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE's administration, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Numerous cities in the state are sanctuary cities, and Democrats have been gearing up to battle Trump's immigration policies that would affect the state's more than 2.6 million undocumented residents.

“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.”

ADVERTISEMENT

De León said he expected California to challenge Washington on issues including the environment, immigration and criminal justice.

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

Former Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate Ex-TSA agent sentenced to jail for tricking woman into showing breasts at security The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel MORE (D-Calif.) was appointed to be the state attorney general, replacing incoming Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Becerra, now one of the highest-ranking Latino officials in California, will also play a key role in battles with Trump.

Holder served as President Obama's attorney general from 2009 to 2015, the first African-American in the position. He has since worked as a partner at a law firm in Washington that focuses on representing companies and states in cases against the federal government.

“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,” 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.”