Holder: No fair elections in Wisconsin

Holder: No fair elections in Wisconsin


U.S. ATTORNEY
GENERAL ERIC
HOLDER. WHY HE
GETTING INVOLVED IN
WISCONSIN’S SUPREME COURT
RACE. PLUS, WHAT HE
THINKS COULD
HAPPEN IF THE
PRESIDENT FIRES
SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER. THEN, GOVERNOR
WALKER’S PLAN FOR
SCHOOL SAFETY. $100
MILLION FOR GREATER
SECURITY, OFFICERS
AND TRAINING. REPUBLICAN SENATOR
ALBERTA DARLING ON
WHAT THE STATE
SENATE WILL DO WITH
THE SAFETY PACKAGE. AND, A CALIFORNIA
BILLIONAIRE’S BIG
PUSH IN WISCONSIN
TO ORGANIZE YOUNG
VOTERS AND DEFEAT
PAUL RYAN. REPUBLICANS, WE ARE
COMING FOR YOU. COVERING THE ISSUES
IMPORTANT TO WISCONSIN,
THIS IS “UPFRONT WITH MI
GOUSHA.” KENT: HELLO
AND WELCOME TO
“UPFRONT.” I’M KENT WAINSCOTT. MIKE
GOUSHA IS OFF THIS
WEEKEND. WISCONSIN’S RACE
FOR STATE SUPREME
COURT, NOW LITTLE
MORE THAN TWO
WEEKS AWAY, IS
DRAWING NATIONAL ATTENTION. A GROUP
HEADED BY FORMER
OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION
ATTORNEY GENERAL
ERIC HOLDER HAS SPENT $140,000 ON
DIGITAL ADS BACKING
MILWAUKEE COUNTY
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
REBECCA DALLET. DALLET WILL FACE
SAUK COUNTY CIRCUIT
COURT JUDGE
MICHAEL SCRENOCK IN
THE APRIL 3 ELECTION
FOR AN OPEN SEAT ON THE COURT. HOLDER
NOW HEADS THE
NATIONAL
DEMOCRATIC
REDISTRICTING
COMMITTEE. HE CAMPAIGNED FOR
DALLET LAST WEEK
AND HELD OTHER
ORGANZING EVENTS IN
MILWAUKEE AND
MADSION. HIS GROUP ALSO RECENTLY SUED
REPUBLICAN
GOVERNOR SCOTT
WALKER, TRYING TO
FORCE HIM TO CALL
SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR TWO OPEN SEATS
IN THE LEGISLATURE. SO WHY THE INTEREST
IN WISCONSIN? WE’RE
ASKING FORMER A.G. ERIC HOLDER TODAY
ON “UPFRONT.” THANK
YOU FOR JOINING US
TODAY. LET’S START WITH
AFFECT YOUR ORGANIZATION IS
ALL IN ON THIS SUPREME COURT RACE. WHY? MR. HOLDER: I THINK SHE IS THE
MOST QUALIFIED PERSON TO
TAKE THE SEAT. I BELIEVE IT’S
IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY IN
WISCONSIN TO UNDERSTAND
ALL THESE RACES MATTER. ALL THESE ELECTED POSITIONS
MATTER. I THINK WE HAVE,
AS AMERICAN CITIZENS, TO
PARTICIPATE IN OUR
DEMOCRACY AND A GREATER
EXTENT THAN WE HAVE IN THE PAST. I LOOK AT THE WAY
SHE HAS CONDUCTED
HERSELF AS A JUDGE, AS A
PROSECUTOR. I THINK HE IS
EMINENTLY QUALIFIED AND IS
FRANKLY BACKED BY PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING OUT FOR
THE INTERESTS OF THE
COMMON MAN. KENT: YOU
HAVE ALSO FILED A LAWSUIT
AGAINST GOVERNOR WALKER. TALK MORE ABOUT THAT IN
JUST A MOMENT, THE JUDGE
DALLET HAS MADE THE ISSUE
OF RECUSAL IN THE CASE OF A
CONFLICT GROUPS OR
INDIVIDUALS WHO DONATE THEIR CAMPAIGN SOMETHING
IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT THE
FOREFRONT OF HER CAMPAIGN. IF SHE IS ELECTED AND A
REDISTRICTING CASE YOUR
GROUP IS INVOLVED IN, FOR
YOUR SUIT AGAINST THE
GOVERNOR FOR TO COME
BEFORE THE COURT, WOULD YOU EXPECT HER TO RECUSE
HERSELF? MR. HOLDER: I
WOULD EXPECT HER TO LOOK
AT EACH CASE AND MAKE A
DETERMINATION ON A CASE-
BY-CASE BASIS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT SHE SHOULD
BE INVOLVED. IN A CASE
INVOLVING OUR ORGANIZATION
SPECIFICALLY, THAT MIGHT BE
ONE WHERE SHE WOULD
HAVE TO RECUSE HERSELF. I THINK SHE INDICATED SHE
WOULD HAVE TO CONSIDER
DOING THAT. IF SHE IS
DEALING WITH THE ISSUE
MORE GENERALLY OF REDISTRICTING, I DON’T THINK
OUR INVOLVEMENT WOULD
NECESSARILY MEAN SHE
WOULD HAVE TO RECUSE
HERSELF. KENT: YOU HAVE
FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST GOVERNOR WALKER. YOU
CALLED ON HIM TO HOLD
SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR A
COUPLE OF OPEN LEGISLATIVE
SEATS. THE GOVERNOR SAID
THE REGULAR LEGISLATIVE SESSION IS ABOUT AT AN
END. IT WOULD BE A WASTE
OF MONEY TO HOLD THOSE
ELECTIONS. HE JUST CALLED
FOR A SPECIAL SESSION OF
THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS SCHOOL SAFETY. AT THIS
POINT THERE IS A TIME
ELEMENT INVOLVED. REALISTICALLY WHAT DO YOU
HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH? MR. HOLDER: I HOPE TO
ACCOMPLISH THE FACT WE
WILL GET REPRESENTATION FOR
THE PEOPLE IN THOSE
DISTRICTS WHO PLEASANTLY
ARE UNREPRESENTED. THERE IS THE SPECIAL SESSION AS
YOU INDICATED. I WOULD
THINK THE PEOPLE OF THOSE
DISTRICTS WANT TO HAVE
THEIR VOICES HEARD AS
THOSE CRITICAL DETERMINATIONS ARE MADE. IT STRIKES ME THAT THE LAW
IS CLEAR. THOSE SEATS
HAVE TO BE FILLED IS
PROBABLY AS POSSIBLE. WHAT GOVERNOR WALKER IS
DOING IS INCONSISTENT WITH
THE LAW AND HIS DESIRE OUT
THE WHOLE ELECTIONS AS A
POLITICAL CALCULATION ON HIS
PART. HE IS CONCERNED PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT FOLLOW
HIS LEAD AND NOT FOLLOW HIS
VIEWS WOULD BE PLACED IN
THOSE POSITIONS. KENT: THE
GOVERNOR IS UP FOR
REELECTION THIS FALL. YOU’RE INVOLVED IN THE SUPREME
COURT RACE. WHAT OTHER
WISCONSIN RACES WILL YOU
BE IN ON? MR. HOLDER: WE
LOOKING AT A RANGE OF
RACES. UP IN NOVEMBER LEGISLATIVE RACES. WHAT WE
ARE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE
SURE WE PUT IN PLACE
PEOPLE WHO WILL DO
REDISTRICTING IN A FAIR WAY
COME 2021, UNLIKE WHAT WAS DONE IN 2011 AND
WHAT WAS DONE HERE IN
WISCONSIN. IF YOU LOOK AT
2012, WHERE DEMOCRATS
WON OVER 50% OF THE VOTE
AND GOT LESS THAN ONE THIRD OF THE STATE
LEGISLATIVE SEATS AND
WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN A
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
LOCKED IN ABOUT 5-3 SINCE
THAT TIME WHERE ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN DECIDED BY NO
GREATER THAN — NO LESS
THAN 11%, YOU DON’T HAVE
FAIR ELECTIONS IN
WISCONSIN. PEOPLE’S
VOICES ARE NOT BEING HEARD. WHAT OUR
ORGANIZATION IS TRYING TO
DO IS TO ENSURE WE HAVE
FAIR DISTRICTING DONE AND
MAKE THIS A BATTLE OF
IDEAS, A BATTLE OF CONCEPTS AS OPPOSED TO
WHO CAN DRAW THE BEST
LINES. KENT: SOME WOULD
ARGUE IT’S UNDER THE
PREVIOUSLY DRAWN DISTRICTS
THE LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE FLIPPED
FROM DEMOCRATS TO
REPUBLICANS IN WISCONSIN
DURING THE FIRST OBA
TERM. THAT THIS WAS THE
WAY THE SYSTEM IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. THE
VOTERS WENT TO THE BALLOTS
AND ELECTED A REPUBLICAN
LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR,
AND THEY ADDRESSED THE
REDISTRICTING IN THE WAY THE VOTERS INTENDED. MR. HOLDER: I GO BACK TO 2012. WHERE YOU HAVE
REPUBLICANS GETTING LESS
THAN 50% OF THE VOTE AND
GETTING 60 HAVE THE 99
ASSEMBLY SEATS, THAT IS
NOT AN INDICATION THAT IS WHAT THE PEOPLE WANTED
TO HAVE HAPPEN. THEN
YOU HAVE THOSE PLACES
THOSE NUMBERS LOCKED IN
FOR THE PAST DECADE, I
THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS FRUSTRATED
DEMOCRACY AS OPPOSED TO
PROMOTING IT. KENT: LET ME
ASK YOU ABOUT
WASHINGTON. YOU HAVE A
UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THAT. YOU KNOW ROBERT
MUELLER, WORKED WITH HIM. WHAT YOU EXPECT TO SEE
COME OF HIS INVESTIGATION
AND WHAT YOU MAKE OF THE
RUMORS THAT CONCERN THE
SPECULATION THE PRESIDENT
MIGHT FIRE HIM? MR. HOLDER: IT IS HARD TO SAVE
A PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL DO
IN A DAY BY DAY BASIS. I
KNOW ROBERT MUELLER IS A
THOROUGH, PATRIOTIC
INDEPENDENT PERSON. I KNOW PEOPLE DO A GREAT
JOB. HE WILL MAKE A
DETERMINATION BASED ON
THE FACTS AND THE LAW, NOT
ON THE BASIS OF ANY
PARTISANSHIP FOR PRESSURE BROUGHT TO BEAR ON HIM
MY HOPE WOULD BE HE
WOULD BE ALLOWED TO
CONDUCT HIS INVESTIGATION,
CONCLUDE HIS INVESTIGATION
AND SHOW THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION WITH THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE. KENT:
WHAT WOULD THE
IMPLICATIONS BE IF NOT
ALLOWED TO CONCLUDE IT? MR. HOLDER: IF YOU WERE TO
BE FIRED, THAT IS SOMETHING
I THINK WOULD REQUIRE OUR
CONGRESS TO SHOW SOME
BACKBONE WHERE THEY
HAVE NOT DONE SO IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST. THAT I
THINK WOULD BE AN
IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE. IF
THAT WERE TO OCCUR,
CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO
STEP UP AND ASSUME ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. KENT: I
WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE
POLITICAL LANDSCAPE WE’VE
SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. A SPECIAL ELECTION IN THE
PAST WEEK IN
PENNSYLVANIA, HEAVILY
REPUBLICAN DISTRICT THAT
WENT FOR DONALD TRUMP
DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. IT APPEARS HAS
ELECTED A DEMOCRAT TO
THAT SEAT. WHAT THE YOU
SEE HAPPENING IN TERMS OF
THIS SHIFT ACROSS THE
COUNTRY? MR. HOLDER: IT’S HAPPENING HERE IN
WISCONSIN AS WELL. WE
SAW A DISTRICT THAT WAS
ABOUT 30% FOR HILLARY GO
ABOUT 55% FOR PATTY. WHAT YOU SEE ACROSS THE
COUNTRY HAS BEEN
REPLICATED HERE IN
WISCONSIN. PEOPLE ARE
DISSATISFIED WITH THE
DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY, BOTH AS IT IS UNDER THE
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION,
AND MORE BROADLY AS IT
HAS BEEN UNDER THE
WALKER ADMINISTRATION
HERE IN WISCONSIN. APRIL 3 IS SO IMPORTANT, AND WHY
BECCAH DALLET IS SO
IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO
PUT HER ON THE SURPREME
COURT. KENT: THANK YOU FOR
BEING WITH US TODAY. FROM GOVERNOR
WALKER’S PLAN FOR A
$100 TAX DEBATE FOR
PARENTS, TO A SALES
TAX HOLIDAY. WHAT’S
LIKELY TO PASS IN THE STATE SENATE LATER
THIS WEEK. WE’LL BE
ASKING A TOP SENATE
REPUBLICAN, NEXT ON
“UPFRONT.”
WE NEED TO ENACT CHANG

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