Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General


Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear that he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.

Holder already is one of the longest-serving members of the Obama Cabinet and ranks as the fourth-longest tenured AG in history. Hundreds of employees waited in lines, stacked three rows deep, for his return in early February 2009 to the Justice Department, where he previously worked as a young corruption prosecutor and as deputy attorney general — the second in command — during the Clinton administration.

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8 Responses to “Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General”
  1. alex says:

    these people are criminal with a license and they beat you every time where is the law to protect the little guy

    • Wilson says:

      Refusing to turn over requested evidence to Congress makes him a man with a personal agenda. With Holder, Justice took the blindfold off and he became Obama’s ‘yes’ man.

  2. louise says:

    Unfortunately, the process of confirming the new AG is going to be long and agonizing and probably not much of an improvement over this one.

  3. Colleen says:

    After all the damage he has caused the country with the foreclosure crisis, giving in to the banking industry, because of his own economic interest (MERS), its about time he feels the pressure. Maybe now, someone can turn around and sue his ass for allowing our country to crumble under the hands of corporate america.

  4. BOBBI SWANN says:

    YAHOO!!!! YAHOO!!!!! NOW PUT HIS ARSE IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Karl Shuh says:

    Not a single fraud prosecution, Wall Street has good.

  6. 4evrMoi says:

    THIS is FANTASTIC NEWS! BUT . . I’ll believe it when it’s a done deal!!

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