SACRAMENTO, Calif.- A California Republican state lawmaker is challenging the legality of a move by Democrats in the legislature to hire former US Attorney General Eric Holder to help in any legal battles with President-elect Donald Trump's administration.
Assembly member Kevin Kiley has requested a formal ruling from state lawyers on whether the decision by Democratic legislative leaders to hire Holder and his firm, Covington & Burling, for $25,000 a month violated a provision in the state's constitution that bans hiring outside counsel for work the state's own lawyers can do.
"People might have differing feelings about Eric Holder and about the incoming presidential administration, but all of us should be able to agree that as legislators we have a duty to abide by the law," Kiley, an attorney, said in a phone interview on Monday.
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