In a truly shocking development, Eric Holder-the first black Attorney General in U.S. history-is reportedly going to resign:
BREAKING: White House official says Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 25, 2014
His reasons for leaving his post are unclear at this point, and no official announcement has been made by the White House. One official seems to think that his resignation will not occur right away:
Holder, per #DOJ official, has no immediate plans to step down and wants to focus on causes like #Ferguson during remaining days.— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) September 25, 2014
CNN is reporting that Holder-who has served as Attorney General for the past six years after previously working as Deputy Attorney General for President Clinton-will stay in his role until a successor is named. It seems that he wants to finish some of his work before he leaves office, with one of those key projects being Ferguson, Mo., which he visited just three weeks ago.
According to NPR, Holder made this decision completely on his own, and finalized his decision in a meeting with President Obama at the White House over Labor Day weekend. Given the expected contentious process for nominating and confirming a new Attorney General, it seems likely that Holder will remain in office until late 2014 at the absolute earliest.
We’ll provide updates as soon as we have more details.