President Obama announced that Eric Holder will be stepping down from his current position as U.S. Attorney General. He will continue to serve as Attorney General until the President nominates his successor, and the successor is confirmed by the Senate.
Holder is the 82nd, and first African-American Attorney General. He assumed office in February 2009, nearly six-year ago which makes him one of the longest-serving Attorney Generals in U.S. history.
President Obama said, “He was there for 12 years, taking on political corruption until President Reagan named him to the bench as a judge. Later, President Clinton called him back. So all told, Eric has served at the Justice Department under six Presidents of both parties — including a several-day stint as acting Attorney General at the start of George W. Bush’s first term. And through it all, he’s shown a deep and abiding fidelity to one of our most cherished ideals as a people, and that is equal justice under the law.”
“Holder’s career in public service “began nearly 40 years ago as a young prosecutor in the Department that he now runs.” Over his career, Holder has served at the Department of Justice under six U.S. presidents — including serving as acting Attorney General at the beginning of President George W. Bush’s first term.”
“As younger men, Eric and I both studied law,” President Obama said. “And I chose him to serve as Attorney General because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory. It’s a living and breathing principle.”
That’s why I made him America’s lawyer, the people’s lawyer. That comes with a big portfolio — from counterterrorism to civil rights, public corruption to white-collar crime. And alongside the incredible men and women of the Justice Department -– men and women that I promise you he is proud of and will deeply miss -– Eric has done a superb job.
See transcript of President Obama and Attorney General Holder remarks here.