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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 HolderSenate panel dukes it out over voting rights Progressive groups announce M voting rights effort Congress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? 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 McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others 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 GarlandBudget tasks DOJ with turnaround of policing, voting rights, hate crimes Progressive group ramps up pressure on Justice Breyer to retire The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE.

Since President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE's election, two conservative Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughColbert mocks Gaetz after Trump denies he asked for a pardon Meghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign Gaetz defends himself: I'm 'not a monk' 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."