Eric Holder made history in 2009 when he was chosen to be the 82nd Attorney General of the United States. After six years of being the nation’s chief lawyer, he stepped down from the position. This morning (Oct. 25) he stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss his time as President Obama’s pick for attorney general, what got him into law and his thoughts on the Trump Administration.
Holder, who grew up to in the Bronx, began his journey to the White House as a lawyer. When asked how he got into the law field, he responded by telling DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God that he wasn’t quite sure. “It’s just one of those things that just happened,” he told them. However, his interest in criminal law could be traced back to its origins. “It seemed to me that that was the part of the law where you got resolutions relatively quickly,” he told The Breakfast Club.
It wasn’t too much of an issue for Holder to step down from his position as the country’s AG. He had simply grown tired of the role, after accomplishing a lot of what he had set out to. “I had done a lot of the things I wanted to do,” he said after speaking on the strides he and the Obama Administration made with criminal justice reform and voting rights.
Holder also offered his thoughts on current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. “You know, I think he’s stuck in the ‘80s,” said the Bronx native. “And he’s stuck in the failed policies of the past.” He then clarified that he wasn’t referencing the 1980s. “I was talking about the 1880s,” he joked.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder’s full interview with The Breakfast Club can be watched above.