Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to return as a partner at the big corporate law firm he exited more than five years ago to join the Obama administration.
Holder, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2015, will return to Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a partner from 2001 to 2009, according to a statement from the firm.
He will “focus on complex investigations and litigation matters, including matters that are international in scope and raise significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns,” the statement reads.
Holder is the third longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history and the first African-American to hold the office. He was replaced by Loretta Lynch, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who became the first Black woman to hold the job.
During his tenure, Holder oversaw the Obama administration’s defense of voting rights, marriage equality, and among other things, reform of the federal criminal justice system.
“Returning to Covington is like coming home,” Holder said in the statement.
Critics took to Twitter to condemn the move, claiming that Holder was soft on banks during the financial crisis because of his ties to Covington, which has clients in the banking industry.
“Eric Holder is returning to Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients.” https://t.co/j0y6rMEKqj
— AKahn (@akahnnyc) July 7, 2015
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