Holder to sit down with Colbert amid 2020 speculation
Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTrump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet Obama to speak about George Floyd in virtual town hall GOP group launches redistricting site MORE is poised to make a late-night TV appearance early next week as chatter swirls that he’s eyeing a 2020 White House run.
The former attorney general will sit down with Stephen Colbert on CBS’s “The Late Show” on Monday, the network announced Friday.
Actor John Cleese and the band Arctic Monkeys are also scheduled to appear on Monday’s “Late Show.”
American Urban Radio Networks’ White House correspondent April Ryan had reported Friday that Holder, who led the Justice Department from 2009 to 2015 under former President Obama, was gearing up for a presidential bid to be announced next year:
Breaking: More news on @EricHolder possible presidential bid announcement. A source confirms the @EricHolder announcement will be made in the “first quarter of 2019.” Stay tuned!
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) July 20, 2018
Holder, 67, said earlier this year that he hadn’t decided yet on whether to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE for the Oval Office.
“What I’ve said is, I’m going to decide by the beginning of next year and see if there is going to be another chapter in my public service career,” Holder said in a March interview.
Since serving as attorney general, Holder has been an ardent opponent of political gerrymandering, creating and leading the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which has been active ahead of November’s midterms.
He isn’t the only politically charged guest making the “Late Show” lineup with Colbert, a frequent Trump critic.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul is slated to appear on Tuesday’s show, following the uproar over Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Among the sources of criticism from the Putin meeting was the White House’s initial refusal to rule out allowing Moscow to question U.S. citizens — including McFaul — about alleged crimes committed in Russia. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders first said Trump would discuss the option with his team before later ruling it out as a possibility.