Steyer to leave campaign trail for jury duty

Steyer to leave campaign trail for jury duty
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Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout 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 John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters 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.