Holder, the 82nd U.S. attorney general and first African-American to serve in that position, told President Obama over Labor Day weekend that he would be stepping down. At 5 1/2 years, Holder is the third-longest serving attorney general in U.S. history.
The liberal attorney general faced much criticism from the Republican party. In a statement released from the Justice Department, an official said:
“Holder’s accomplishments have established a historic legacy of civil rights enforcement and restoring fairness to the criminal justice system. Holder revitalized the department’s praised Civil Rights Division, protected the rights of the LGBT community, successfully prosecuted terrorists, and fought tirelessly for voting rights, to name a few.”
Holder’s stepping down comes at no surprise. He has long signaled plans of leaving by the end of 2014. After resigning Holder has alluded that he wishes to remain involved in the issues of, Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager that was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri.
The successor of Holder is unclear at the moment, however, possible candidates are former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
The president’s attorney general Eric Holder is stepping down and will resign once a replacement is found. Find out why!