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Rep. Darrell Issa on Calif. Lawmakers Hiring Eric Holder: 'Bad Choice'

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By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 10:00 AM

Rep. Darrell Issa criticized Democratic lawmakers in the California legislature for retaining former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help with any legal battles it might wage against the President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

"[Holder] has proven to be willing to lie to Congress, so that is a good start. This is the only attorney general, the only cabinet officer ever, held in contempt for refusing to comply with the law," Issa, a California Republican, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program Thursday.

"So, he is a bad choice, but, apparently it is more of a political statement, millions of dollars — taxpayer dollars — spent on somebody who probably shouldn't have a law license any longer."

In June 2012, the House found Holder in contempt of Congress after failing to turn over Justice Department documents. He resigned as U.S. attorney general in September 2014.

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade asked Issa "what do they expect Eric Holder to fight for?"

Issa responded: "They were nervous about trade. California is a big need-to-trade-to-survive state. Obviously, the immigration issue."

However, Issa said he believed Trump's stance on jobs would counteract those Californians' fears.

"I was there a few Wednesdays ago when those tech leaders came to meet with Donald Trump and to a person, including Elon Musk, they walked away seeing somebody who really does understand how to help their businesses do better and help them bring jobs back to America.

"So, I think, getting to know Donald Trump is getting to understand differently what California is going to get out of a Trump administration, which is going to be good," Issa said.

The California lawmaker is introducing a bill to curtail outsourcing of U.S. jobs and to reform the highly skilled immigration visa program.

"This is one of the things those tech leaders actually asked Donald Trump for," Issa said. "They said they needed more of the best and the brightest to fill those top positions that often they can't find enough Americans for, and that is exactly why we need to reform the system."

Issa said his bipartisan bill drops companies from the program that would "game the system."

"What we're doing is keeping the same numbers, 65,000 slots a year, but eliminating those companies who would game the system, which unfortunately includes companies like Disney, University of California, Southern California Edison."

As to reforming the system, Issa called for more bipartisan work.

"Each of these elements are very different and fixes are different," he said. "If people work together, we can fix a lot of these problems including making guest worker programs work, which is why, if more than anything else, we have the problem we have."

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Rep. Darrell Issa criticized Democratic lawmakers in the California legislature for retaining former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help with any legal battles it might wage against the President-elect Donald Trump's administration.
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