Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderAll eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote Arkansas legislature splits Little Rock in move that guarantees GOP seats Oregon legislature on the brink as Democrats push gerrymandered maps 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.
“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 McConnellMcConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats insist budget consensus close as talks drag on Manchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks 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.
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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."