Eric Holder says he'll decide on a 2020 run by early next year

Eric Holder says he'll decide on a 2020 run by early next year
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWith extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one The Memo: Democrats may rue pursuit of Bannon Ben Affleck, Tracee Ellis Ross join anti-gerrymandering fundraiser with Clinton, Holder MORE will decide on whether to run for president in 2020 by early next year, he said in an interview Thursday. 

Holder, who served as attorney general from 2009 to 2015 under former President Obama, told the hosts of Viceland's "Desus & Mero" that he would be exploring the possibility of a run throughout the rest of the year. 

"I don't know. We'll see. I haven't decided yet," Holder, 67, said when asked about his plans for a possible challenge to President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE

"What I've said is, I'm going to decide by the beginning of next year and see if there is going to be another chapter in my public service career." 

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Holder, the nation's first African-American attorney general, is currently aiming to break Republican strongholds on congressional district maps and state governments across the country as the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

While Holder said he didn't miss congressional hearings on the Hill, he sees some things in the current administration that he would handle differently.

"Actually, you watch the news, and you want to be in it. Because I mean, I see what [Attorney General] Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThose predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold The metaverse is coming — society should be wary MORE is doing at the Justice Department — I'd like to be able to make sure that the things he's doing would not happen," he said.

Holder is among a slew of Democrats eyeing potential 2020 bids, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE and a number of sitting senators.

Biden has said he will pursue the Democratic nomination if he doesn't see anyone else in the party he thinks is up for the job.