Not so fast: California Republican says hiring Holder to fight Trump violates state constitution

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January 13, 2017

Eric Holder

A California GOP lawmaker is challenging the hiring of former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to fight the Trump administration, saying it may violate the California Constitution.

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has asked the California Attorney General’s office to investigate whether legislative Democrats ran afoul of the law by retaining Mr. Holder and his law firm, Covington & Burling, for $25,000 per month to do a job that can be performed by state employees.

Mr. Holder was hired last week by the California legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, as outside counsel to provide advice on “our efforts to resist any attempts to roll back the progress California has made” on issues such as climate change to immigration.

But Mr. Kiley cited a court ruling that said the state Constitution forbids hiring outside consultants for roles that can be carried out “adequately and competently’ by those in the civil service, including work “defending California against federal actions.”

“In light of these facts, I respectfully ask your legal opinion as to whether the 1,592 attorneys and legal staff at the State Attorney General’s Office can perform ‘adequately and competently’ the legal services for which Covington & Burling has been retained by the Legislature,” said the Republican Kiley in his letter.

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    YEAH..I FIGURED SOME BODY WOULD PULL THEIR HEAD OUT OF THEIR ASS ON THIS GUY….TRUMP IS GOING TO RAKE THIS GUY OVER A HOT COALS INVESTIGATION (S)…STARTING WITH “FAST AND FURIOUS.” AND THE DEATH OF THE BORDER PATROL AGENT….YOU ARE “NOT” WALKING FREE “EX” PUPPET “DOJ.” WE HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN…THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBURG…”BOY.”

  • The Redhawk says:

    Kalophornia HAS a CONSTITUTION?? after Years of MOON BAT Breaking the US Immigration Constitution laws and Hiring a TURD like Holder who did NOTHING but Disobey the US Constitution DOES anyone in the State of LOOONS care about a CONSTITUTION???

  • justinwachin says:

    I’m not sure that California has made real progress on climate change or immigration. Global warming is a hoax designed to take people’s freedom and money. Illegal immigration is still occurring in the state.

    Once again California has demonstrated why it has financial problems. It wastes a lot of the taxpayers’ money.

  • Bob says:

    Since when does something minor like the laws get in the way of doing what libbies think is right? If they don’t like a law, they ignore it. If you take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the US” and to “obey and enforce all laws”, then decide you don’t like one, you can just ignore them. Who cares if the responsibility to change laws falls to the Legislative Branch and NOT the Executive Branch, you can just ignore them at will. Then you can just make up new ones and enforce them with out Legislative approval. Who care is CA law says you can’t hire outsiders to do the job State employees already have the responsibility to do. We can ignore those inconvenient truths.

  • CrustyOldGeezer says:

    Now I’m curious what will happen when holder gets indicted for TREASON for all the CRIMINAL ACTIONS he made as AG of the US.

  • GrizzMann says:

    Rules? We got no rules. We don’t have to follow your stinking rules!!

  • Virginia Watson says:

    California sure knows how to waste money. They are spending 25,000 per month to retain a lawyer when they have a legal staff of 1592 attorneys? I never heard of a state suing a president, much less one who is not in office yet. I wonder if they could wait till after he does something wrong.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      To these FUBAR MORONS Trump does SOMETHING WRONG just by BREATHING>>>or they’ll INVENT something BY LYNCH to accuse him of..

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