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Holder Says Obama Ready To Return To Politics

| by Jordan Smith

Former Attorney General Eric Holder has said that Barack Obama, a close personal friend, is preparing to return to politics.

The former president could reportedly become involved in the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Holder chairs, according to Politico.

The committee's role is to initiate legal challenges and other activities to redraw the electoral maps for state houses and the House of Representatives with the aim of improving the chances of Democratic candidates.

The NDRC alleges Democrats are disadvantaged by current electoral maps, citing a statistic showing that while Republicans won 49 percent of the popular vote in 2016, they got 55 percent of the seats.

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"It's coming. He's coming," Holder said of Obama's return to politics, Politico reported. "And he's ready to roll."

Holder stated that Obama could be involved in fundraising for the committee or engaging with state legislatures.

Holder added the NDRC was already looking at states where lawsuits could be filed to change electoral districts.

He noted that he expects the 2018 election to follow the pattern of off-year votes, when the party that gained the presidency usually loses seats in the House and Senate. He added, "I expect we'll see that on steroids with President Trump."

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Holder also asserted that the appointment of Jeff Sessions to head the Justice Department meant it was less willing to examine problems with the voting system. However, he said, "it would be good to have the Justice Department on our side … it doesn't mean the argument can't be made, and can't be made well."

Obama and his wife Michelle have remained out of political life since leaving the White House in January. They had a vacation in Palm Springs and spent time with English entrepreneur Richard Branson in the Caribbean.

The Financial Times reported Feb. 28 that the couple is negotiating a record-breaking publishing deal for two books they are authoring. Although the former president and first lady are writing their memoirs separately, they are selling the rights jointly.

Potential publishers, including Penguin Random House and Harper Collins, are offering an estimated $60 million for the rights, according to the Times.

Penguin Random House is the favorite to secure the deal, sources told the Times. However, a spokesman for Obama and his literary agent refused to comment on the report.

Obama wrote two best-selling books before becoming president in 2008. His memoir "The Audacity of Hope" was released in 2006, two years after "Dreams from My Father" was published as a paperback.

Sources: Politico, Financial Times / Photo Credit: United States Department of Justice/Wikimedia Commons

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