(Ben Kamisar) Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he has no interest in returning to public life, even if offered a seat on the Supreme Court.
“I greatly enjoyed my career in public service, and I’ll stay involved in political life in some form or fashion, but in terms of my own career, I think this is my last stop,” Holder told The National Law Journal, fresh off his decision to rejoin the Covington & Burling law firm.
“I’m here at Covington until I decide I’m not going to be a lawyer anymore.”
Holder said he’s resolute about staying in private practice, even if presented a dream opportunity, like being offered a seat on the highest court in the land by a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton.
“I’d say, ‘Madame President, with all due respect, you need to pick somebody who’s a) younger and b) who’s a lot more interested,’ ” he said.
Holder left the Justice Department earlier this year after serving more than six years in President Obama’s Cabinet. He joked about his contentious relationship with Republican lawmakers, who voted to hold him in contempt in 2012.
“There are certain members of certain committees that I probably will not be having great relationships with,” he said, jokingly mentioning former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).