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Holder says next Dem president should consider packing courts

Holder says next Dem president should consider packing courts
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEx-AG Holder urges GOP to speak against Trump efforts to 'subvert' election results Tyson Foods suspends Iowa plant officials amid coronavirus scandal Money can't buy the Senate MORE said Thursday that the next Democratic president should considering packing the Supreme Court by adding additional seats.

Holder made the comment during a discussion at Yale Law National Security Group, a spokesperson for Holder confirmed to The Hill.

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“In response to a question, Attorney General Holder said that given the unfairness, unprecedented obstruction, and disregard of historical precedent by [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' MORE and Senate Republicans, when Democrats retake the majority they should consider expanding the Supreme Court to restore adherence to previously accepted norms for judicial nominations,” said Patrick Rodenbush, spokesperson for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Holder heads.

Holder, who served under former President Obama, had been considering a 2020 presidential run, but this week officially announced he would not.

Calls for Democrats to pack courts have risen in response to perceived injustices in how Republicans have handled recent Supreme Court nominees.

In 2016, Senate Republicans declined to consider Obama's court pick, Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report Defusing the judicial confirmation process MORE.

Since President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE's election, two conservative Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCOVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries Defusing the judicial confirmation process The magnificent moderation of Susan Collins MORE, have been confirmed with less than 60 votes in the Senate.

So far, Democratic front-runners have not endorsed the idea of packing courts.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) has said the idea should be given more consideration, though he has not officially backed it.

“I have not reached a considered position on the question of court-packing,” he said at a February event in Philadelphia.

“Although I don’t think we should be laughing at it. Because in some ways it’s no more a shattering of norms than what’s already been done to get the judiciary to where it is today.”

Buttigieg has taken aggressive stances on Democratic reform, saying in January that the Electoral College should be abolished because it "has made our society less and less democratic."