Report: Attorney General Eric Holder to Announce His Resignation
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will reportedly announce his resignation on Thursday after heading the Justice Department for six years.
Citing two sources “familiar with the situation,” NPR reports that Holder will exit the U.S. Department of Justice as soon as his replacement is confirmed, though the process could potentially drag out into 2015.
A White House official says President Barack Obama will announce Holder’s departure later Thursday. Holder is the first black attorney general, and his tenure is the fourth longest on the job.
But Holder’s tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement officer is filled with controversy. Holder, 63, faced harsh criticism for his involvement in the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, an operation that allowed thousands of guns to cross into Mexico only to be lost and end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Congress later voted to hold Holder in contempt over his withholding of Fast and Furious documents.
The DOJ also came under fire over its probe of classified leaks. The department investigated Fox News reporter James Rosen, naming him a “co-conspirator” for reporting based on the account of a government source.
Holder, one of the longest serving members of the Obama administration, has reportedly been “adamant” about leaving the Justice Department before the end of President Barack Obama’s second term.