Steyer to leave campaign trail for jury duty

Steyer to leave campaign trail for jury duty
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Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE is taking a week off from his presidential campaign to report for jury duty, a spokesperson told The Hill Sunday.

The billionaire philanthropist and activist, who is running for the Democratic nomination, will report for jury selection in San Francisco if he's ultimately selected.

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"It is every American's civic duty to serve on a jury with their peers," Steyer said in a statement.

"At a time when Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE is constantly undermining our legal norms, I can think of no stronger response to his criminal behavior than fulfilling my civic obligation."

Steyer launched his campaign a little more than a month ago but has been able to amass donor support rapidly by pumping money into an aggressive digital advertising program. 

He is one of nine candidates out of two dozen in the race to have qualified for the third and fourth Democratic debates in the fall.