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NBC’s Chuck Todd: Self-Professed Activist Eric Holder ‘a Very Non-Political Person’

The host of NBC’s Meet the Press considers resigning attorney general Eric Holder — who once proudly declared himself an “activist attorney general,” called America a “nation of cowards” about race and took heat from his own White House for pursuing politically sensitive initiatives –  ”a very non-political person.”

“He did a lot of the tough stuff that you would say, ‘Hey, the attorney general has to do tough stuff, this is not a forgiving job, you have to do tough stuff,’” Chuck Todd told MSNBC’s Tamron Hall on Thursday. “But, what’s interesting about him, he is a very non-political person. And I think people used to mistakenly think that this guy was this long-time political operative who happened to be an attorney general. That’s not him at all.”

Evidence suggests that Holder’s Department of Justice has almost exclusively hired politically liberal candidates in filling career civil-service positions within the department’s Voting Section. And in an August interview with the HillHolder revealed he was proud to be labeled an activist attorney general, adding that those who say the DOJ has an “activist civil-rights division and this is an activist attorney general — I’d say I agree with you 1000 percent and [I am] proud of it.”


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