Steyer to leave campaign trail for jury duty

Steyer to leave campaign trail for jury duty
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Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerAnalysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's new controversy Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues 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 TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' 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.