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 HolderGOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight Jeff Sessions returns to Justice Department to retrieve Cabinet chair The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain 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 McConnellConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Overnight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 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 GarlandGOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight GOP lawmaker offers constitutional amendment capping Supreme Court seats at 9 GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 MORE.

Since President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE's election, two conservative Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughGOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court 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."