Holder: Obama Will Be Back, Joining Redistricting Efforts

Holder, the first black attorney general, said he was talking with Obama about how to advance the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), an organization advocating for reorganization of congressional and state legislative lines.

Recent past presidents have dabbled in politics after leaving office, such as President George W. Bush's participation in the presidential campaign for his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but aside from that his political appearances have been relatively scant.

Mr Holder told reporters who attended a briefing about the group that the former president will be a "more visible part of the effort". "And he's ready to roll".

Mr Holder, who is a friend of the former president, became the chair of the newly formed NDRC before Mr Obama left office earlier this year. Democrats are now in the minority in both the House and the Senate, so Obama and other Democrats are looking ahead to the midterm elections in 2018 when they hope to pick up seats and potentially take the majority.

Democrats have also set their sights on challenging Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's attorney general.

Monday's news ended six years of legal wrangling between the DOJ under Obama and Texas over the rule, which mandates voters must show certain forms of identification before casting a ballot. He added that the decision to throw out a challenge to voter laws in Texas was "disheartening".

A big part of that effort will be counteracting efforts to limit voting rights, Holder said.

Trump's DOJ will reportedly no longer argue that Texas intentionally sought to discriminate against minorities when it passed a law requiring voting identification. "It would be good to have the Justice Department on our side ..."

"This is really a battle for our democracy", he added.

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