Eric Holder: The Next Democratic President Should Consider Packing The Court

Former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Perceived injustices regarding the GOP's handling of Supreme Court nominees has given rise to calls to pack the court.

According to The Hill, former Attorney General Eric Holder said during a discussion at Yale Law National Security Group that the next Democratic president should consider packing the Supreme Court by adding more seats.

A spokesperson for Holder, Patrick Rodenbush, said: “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 McConnell 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.”

Holder served under President Obama and had been considering a presidential run of his own, but he formally announced this week that he would not run.

Perceived injustices about how Republicans have recently handled Supreme Court nominees has given rise to calls to pack the courts.

In 2016, Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Merrick Garland, was not even considered by Senate Republicans. Since Trump has been in office, two conservative Supreme Court justices have been confirmed to the court with fewer than 60 Senate votes.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) says the idea of packing the court should be considered more, although he has not definitively backed it.

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