Eric Holder to Step Down as Attorney General

Carrie Johnson, NPR, September 25, 2014

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, in early February 2009 to witness his return 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.

But some of that early glow faded in part due to the politicized nature of the job and in part because of Holder’s own rhetoric, such as a 2009 Black History Month speech where he said the country was “a nation of cowards” when it comes to discussions about racial tension.

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Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.

And then there’s his relationship with Congress. From the day Holder’s nomination was announced, Republicans led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., signaled that he would be a political lightning rod.

The attorney general’s portfolio, which spans sensitive law enforcement cases and hot-button social issues including marijuana and gay marriage, didn’t help. But even longtime aides say Holder didn’t do enough to help himself by shrugging off preparations and moot sessions before congressional appearances and speaking off the cuff–and obliquely.

Things hit a crisis point when the GOP-led House voted him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about a gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious. That represented the first time an attorney general had ever been rebuked that way, but still Holder held on to his job.

In the end, the decision to leave was Holder’s alone–the two sources tell NPR that the White House would have been happy to have him stay a full eight years and to avoid what could be a contentious nomination fight for his successor. Holder and Obama discussed his departure several times and finalized things in a long meeting over Labor Day weekend at the White House.

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Friends and former colleagues say Holder has made no decisions about his next professional perch, but they say it would be no surprise if he returned to the law firm Covington & Burling, where he spent years representing corporate clients.

The friends say Holder is also considering donating his papers to a university in Washington, D.C., or his native New York, where he could establish a civil rights center to work more on law enforcement interactions with communities of color and host public forums on those issues.

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  • anony

    Good riddance!

  • J.D.

    I hate to even think about this…..Supreme Court.

    • anony

      Well, if we assume that the repubs take the senate, I imagine the fight for confirmation will be intense without success assured for the administration.

      • Laika

        The GOPe will roll over like they always do. Obama could nominate Sharpton and he’d pass muster from them.

    • TruthBeTold

      They might try but it would be a tough sell.

    • phillyguy

      No way, hopefully we will have a Republican president and house for the next 8 years , him or any liberal will never have a shot

      • Katherine McChesney

        Sorry but that will NEVER happen. Hillary will win. Republican voters aren’t responding to the liberal politicians the party is promoting. They’ll ALL liberals.

      • benvad

        Don’t count on it the Leftist are a lot more conniving and sharp then we give them credit for. This isn’t politics for them it’s their essence and reason for living and it is their religion.

    • APaige

      I hope not. I first thought was that he was stepping down so the next Attorney General could pardon Holder before any charges were even filed. Just like Holder pardoned Marc Rich (sp?) for Clinton.

    • MBlanc46

      Ah, jeez, please make sure that I’m sitting down when you say something like this.

  • MekongDelta69

    As I mentioned earlier, this is my AmRen‘s ‘feel good’ article of the… decade!

  • propagandaoftruth

    At least we have a contentious fight ahead for his replacement.

    • phillyguy

      whoever they nominate will be a lame duck anyway

      • propagandaoftruth

        Ding dong the witch is dead! Long live the witch!

  • Luca

    Just like Obama has been the worst President in our history, so has Holder been our worst AG. Race aside, and speaking from a strictly technical point of view, he has been utterly incompetent at best.

    • Robert Binion

      He clearly believed early, anecdotal reports from Ferguson that the “gentle giant” had been shot in the back, hence the multiple autopsies. If that place explodes Holder will look like a cheap suit.

      • Laika

        He only needed to hear one thing in the Furgeson case: The “gentle giant” was black, the cop White.

        Nothing else mattered to him in this case.

  • Dave4088

    While this normally would be cause for celebration, Hussein Obama will see to it that his replacement is “black enough” and just as stridently anti-white as My Peeps Holder.

    • Luca

      I’m guessing he’ll give Al Sharpton an honorary law degree to take this post.

      • Ograf

        You really are a sadist, aren’t you?

    • Lewis33

      Here comes Angela Davis!

    • Tarczan

      I remember when Ginsburg was appointed. It was a love in, no critical questions or votes. Here she was, chief legal counsel for the ACLU and not one republican had the courage to give her a cross examination. I recall her sitting there smiling as she was nominated, it was such a mild affair. She says she won’t resign because they couldn’t appoint someone with her lib beliefs. I thought they were to rule on the law. Contrast that with what happened to Robert Bork.

    • Mark

      Unfortunately you are right Dave4088. Republicans a nearly as bad and treacherous as the Dems. It makes me sick to think that we will have zero choices in November and will have to, once again, vote for the lesser of two evils.

  • MekongDelta69

    However, I have to temper what I just said below with these very unpleasant thoughts:

    1.) Sharpton is bragging that he’s going to have heavy input into who the next AG will be.

    2.) You can be rest assured the next AG will also be a racial sock-puppet of this Dictator-In-Chief.

    3.) This is why they’ve been trying for a while to throw Ruth Bader Ginsberg under the bus. So they can nominate Eric Hold ‘Em Up for SCOTUS. If the Senate doesn’t turn Republican in November, he would be confirmed and there goes the last remaining shred of anything and everything we’ve known as America.

    • Robert Binion

      When is EPA going to do something about that stuff Al puts in his hair?

  • TruthBeTold

    The day Eric “MY PEOPLE” Holder refused to prosecute 2 Black Panthers for voter intimidation was the day he proved he running a racially biased department and wasn’t interested in fairness or justice.

    And that was the day he should have been removed from office.

    • phillyguy

      I think it all caught up with him , the Ferguson racist rants were the last straw, he was probably told to step down .

  • alex

    “I am not the tall U.S. attorney, I am not the thin United States attorney. I am the black United States attorney.”

    Eric Holder

    “A funny thing about Attorney General Eric Holder is that he comes from a long line of mulatto Barbadians and was carefully raised in a West Indian bubble in New York, almost as isolated from African-American culture as his boss was at Punahou prep school.”

    Steve Sailer

    • TruthBeTold

      HE’S the one who kept reminding us he was black.

    • jackryanvb

      These light skinned Mulatto men like Eric Holder, Brian Gunble, Harry Belefonte tend to be the worst on racial matters. They live to bed as many White women as they can, then insult, compete with White men. They have enough White genes to have IQ to get through colleges and avoid honest manual labor. Mixed race women tend to be way, way less hostile and they know the realities of the worst Black, Black lower class men. In Lib Dem cities like Chicago, I recommend supporting honest mixed race women to run things. Chicago Cook County Board chairwoman Penwickle is doing a decent job.

      • DAWNOFNEWDAY

        they are jealous of whites. I tell liberals that blacks hate whites because they’re jealous of us and these liberals are mad at me, but they know it’s true.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    The nation’s first black U.S. attorney general? What about his white half? I guess him and Obama are embarrassed to have any white in them. Keepin it real yo! LOL

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    He should be resigning in disgrace, as he deserves.

    He’s thinking of starting a civil rights center. Because we all know his first interest in life has always been criminology and justice…NOT!

  • Truthseeker

    Eric Holder belongs in jail. He’s a dangerous radical who should never be trusted with any sort of power. I’d like to celebrate this announcement, but given the current trends, his replacement will probably be worse than him.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      He was trusted by Obama Bin Laden to hate on Whites. He achieved his goals.

  • Probably just to cash out.

    The late news is that Al Sharpton is involved in the process to find a new AG.

    Stop the world, I want to get off.

    • Nancy

      That’s like involving Dennis Rodman in the process to find the next Pope.

      • Kenner

        I suspect he picked the last one. Did anyone smell the smoke from that chimney?

  • Christorchaos

    “His next project may be starting a civil rights center.”

    Financial impropriety scandal in 5 ….4…..3….2….

    • Katherine McChesney

      He’ll probably have the support of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • Periapsis

    Holder has increased racial tensions between whites and everyone else. But his repeated hostile outbursts and actions against us have backfired, they are awakening white Americans to the mortal danger our own government and racial aliens to our very lives, not just our freedoms and futures. Glad as I am to see him go, you can be sure his replacement will be as virulently anti-white as he is, if not more so.

    • DAWNOFNEWDAY

      everytime whites and blacks live together and blacks have power, blacks always use it against whites. Look at Haiti in 1804 or European nations that were stupid enough, not only to let blacks in,but give them government positions. South Africa is our future if we don’t pay attention. You’re right about his replacement. Many white conservatives don’t get it when it comes to race.”Oh, I ‘d support Herman Cain” or “Allen West.” I even point out lots of ‘black conservatives’ turned on them when Obama got in. You’ve been hearing lots of black celebrities openly insult whites and call for our death more since Obama’s been in office. They are in denial and it’s really quite irritating dealing with these stupid whites.

  • An hour ago, I did an Internet search for “what is the real reason Eric Holder is resigning?” There’s a lot of speculation, but no single real answer. The best bet, published on the Blaze, is that the documents from Fast and Furious were just ordered to be produced by a federal judge. A smoking gun there?

    The other promising notion is that Obama knows he’s going to lose the Senate and wants to appoint the next AG before the Republican majority takes their seats next year.

    I’m seeing the name Deval Patrick as the likely replacement. The Mass. governor is leaving office and meets the criteria: a black with no understanding of the law or the Constitution.

    • Tarczan

      Sure, and he could possibly ram both through prior to a potential loss of the Senate.

    • Fathercoughlin

      But I hear,a deep understanding of Broadway show tunes

  • Lygeia

    I can’t forgive Eric Holder for Operation Fast and Furious, where the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them.

    These guns were bought by criminals, thinking they had bought unregistered guns. There were over 150 murders where the victims were killed by these guns, which were left at the scene. The guns were recovered, the murderers not so much.

    A failure on so many levels.

  • phillyguy

    hallelujah, , ding dong the witch is dead, , the witch is dead ,the witch is dead, ding dong the wicked black witch is dead!!

  • Chris R

    I hate this guy more than Obama and I have to say I laughed with glee when I heard the news. I wonder what someone’s holding over him that he stepped down. Hahaha!

  • Take the blinders off and recognize who the enemy is .

    • Dr. Bazzi

      one could only hope for this… on death row!

  • [Guest]

    >>>The friends say Holder is also considering donating his papers to a university in Washington, D.C., or his native New York….

    Assuming the documents haven’t somehow been “lost.”

    • SentryattheGate

      His papers? Toilet paper from crapping on the Constitution!

      • [Guest]

        He and his boss use the Constitution as toilet paper.

      • Who Me?

        Papers? At least HE has papers, unlike his boss.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I’m sure it will be replaced by another neo-communist.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Amren story tomorrow: “Al Sharpton Says He’s Helping The White House Pick The Next Attorney General” at Business Insider. I say cut out the middle man, just appoint Sharpton himself.

  • LACountyRedneck

    Sounds like he’s trytin’ to get outta Dodge before the bust.

  • Puggg

    One of the very worst actions of the Justice Department while this cretin was running it was the way it blatantly misbehaved in its effort to prosecute white New Orleans cops over something they supposedly did during Katrina. The Justice Department illegally leaked grand jury testimony and had its people troll internet comment sections of news stories about the trial to post anti-cop rants and comments.

  • dd121

    What’s his next “my people” assignment? Never has an attorney general been such an openly partisan political figure. Not a peep of criticism from the lap dog liberal media.

    • WR_the_realist

      The lap dog liberal media loves an attorney general who is ant-white because they are too.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      What news outlet even mentioned that Holder lost in court and will have to hand over documents about Fast & Furious?

      No papers or records will ever be produced by the DOJ – not for Fast & Furious, the IRS or Benghazi. The documents will be either entirely blacked out or lost, burned or shredded or kept hidden due to national security.

      Holder is black and leftist and that will be the end of it; he’ll go down in the record as one of the greatest defenders of Civil Rights.

  • WR_the_realist

    The worst attorney general ever is resigning. He should be in jail.

  • jackryanvb

    Thanks to everyone who worked hard to get rid of Holder.

    One less lunatic is running the insane asylum.

    The Obama administration is definitely pulling back, trying to apprear more “moderate” as midterm elections come up. After the elections, there will be attempts at Administrative amnesties, hate crime, thought crime show trials etc.

    But, for everyone who worked hard to get rid of Holder – well done. I certainly worked hard.

  • Tarczan

    “his return 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.’

    And since Janet Reno was sick, effectively in charge. In charge for Waco, and the one who gave the orders to unleash tanks, tear gas, and fire on the men, women and children. It’s OK, they were white.

    • [Guest]

      Weren’t quite a few of the Branch Davidian nuts whom Clinton and Reno-Holder murdered nonwhite?

      Either way, almost all the men who carried out the killings were white.

      • David Koresh was big into race mixing, so it’s conceivable that there were some NWs inside the buildings. But I don’t think very many NWs were much interested in what he was selling from a spiritual angle.

        But it was because of that, that some supposed Ku Klux Klan group demonstrated near Waco near the BD buildings in support of the ATF.

        • [Guest]

          What I gather from one source is that, in addition to the white victims, there were around 30 blacks as well as some Asians and Hispanics killed there. Most sources do not list the races but only the names of those the government killed. Of course, some indication of race can be gathered from the names. For instance, Novellette Hipsman was probably black.

          I hadn’t heard that about a Ku Klux Klan demonstration.

      • Tarczan

        This is one time where race doesn’t matter. Human beings, men, women and children were burned alive by their government, and Eric Holder was in charge.

  • Ograf

    Good riddance, but now we have to sweat what other idiot will take over.

  • Garrett Brown

    Not really good news though correct? Obama will just find another magical Mulatto.

  • [Guest]

    My prediction is that his successor will be even worse than Eric “My People” Holder but will be under even less scrutiny (if possible).

    • [Guest]

      Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, has this to say about possible Holder replacement Thomas Perez:

      “Perez fits all the qualities that Eric Holder had: A lack of ethics, disrespect for the rule of the law, and placing ideology first.”

      Perez is also said to be at least as fanatical in his hatred of white people as Obama and Holder.

  • OS-Q

    Aw, I had hoped Obama would be stupid enough to keep him.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Hold the celebrations, folks. Holder reportedly is staying on as Attorney General until a replacement takes his place. Which means he can be AG for as long as our First Mulatto-In-Chief wants him to stick around.

  • Who Me?

    Good, he’s “resigned”. Now charge him with dereliction of duty, malfeasance of office, abrogation of the Constitution, crimes against the people of the United States, both large and several, and high treason. Place him in an all-white Federal prison, and allow him NO privileges, for life plus 100 years.

    • Ellis Kurtz

      Holder became AG because he was nominated by Obama. Obama could not have nominated Holder if he were not president. Obama would not have become president if whites had not voted for him. Whites, not Holder or Obama, are the problem. Holder is just doing what minorities in power invariably do – pursue the advantages of their own racial/ethnic group while pretending to work for all Americans. Whites, not Holder or Obama, are the problem. Until whites come to their senses we will have more Holders and Obamas, maybe Latino next time.

  • withcaution

    This is also that they can put a fresh face and his position will also have the same immigration policies as holder and Obama. because clueless Joe and Jane public to say “well if both attorney generals have the same feeling about legalizing the illegals then it must be The right thing to do”.

  • Fr. John+

    “Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday ”

    Praise GOD. Now, will Obummer follow suit for the good of the nation?

  • jim

    And now I just read that the White House has asked Al Sharpton to help pick his replacement. I can’t even fathom how that is remotely possible…

  • SolStans

    He’s met his damage quota, and will likely be passing the baton onto some sort of dark-hued Catholic-in-Name-Only to slip past the GOP confirmation just in time to declare mass amnesty “lawful”.

    • Chasmania

      I think he’s being slipped out the back door so he can be sequestered into some dark and hidden spot so as to avoid prosecution and/or testifying to various misdeeds done by this pack of criminals.

  • JohnEngelman

    But some of that early glow faded in part due to the politicized nature of the job and in part because of Holder’s own rhetoric, such as a 2009 Black History Month speech where he said the country was “a nation of cowards” when it comes to discussions about racial tension.

    – Carrie Johnson, NPR, September 25, 2014

    The United States is a nation of cowards when it comes to discussing black social pathology. Any criticism of blacks that does not blame “white racism” for what is criticized can destroy a career.

    • ghettovalley

      The true cowards are those that do not want to even consider blatantly obvious truths. That blacks, muslims, and hispanics are not fit for our countries and never will be. All they will ever accomplish is the destruction of western civilization.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I wouldn’t celebrate this racist, Commie bastard’s departure just yet…glad to see him tossed under the bus, but we thought it couldn’t get any worse than Janet Reno.

    Or…

    Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss…

    Introducing your New Attorney General…Van Jones.

    Meanwhile… Holder is not resigning due to health reasons, but Ginsberg may be…Ginsberg tells obama she’s resigning, obama passes the word along to Holder, Holder resigns and becomes Ginsberg’s replacement.

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    Holder claimed that America is a nation of cowards on the race question and then went on to further polarize and prevent any discussion by claiming that non-whites could never be guilty of a hate crime, thereby unleashed an ongoing war on whites in the streets that still goes on with hardly an acknowledgement anywhere.

    When the land’s chief administrator of justice may express such outrageous biases, the unmistakable message is clear; America has become an anachronism. He may be going, but the damage is done and there will be no correction.

  • ghettovalley

    It really bothers me when people say requiring ID to vote is somehow unfairly targeting blacks. Logically it does not make any sense whatsoever. How does this somehow prevent blacks from voting? Are blacks not allowed to enter the DMV like everyone else? How does this prevent them from voting? Does requiring photo ID to sign up for welfare stop them from applying? There is only one reason to oppose voter ID laws, and that is because you support voter fraud. That is the only possible reason.

    • AFlaVet

      Actually…they’re admitting their inability to do anything for themselves. And there’s not the slightest bit of embarrassment on their part for being infantile.

      • ghettovalley

        I agree with you. A lot of the progressives whacky ideas such as affirmative action seem to inherently assume that blacks are inferior. It should be pretty obvious by now, look at the results of the billions of dollars that we have used trying to help them. Fairly low return on that investment.

  • benvad

    Good Riddance you worthless waste of oxygen. Never has someone done so much harm to so many, may God forgive you because I won’t.

  • Viking_61

    I hope he is hounded by grand juries and special prosecutors for the rest of his life….

  • Raydonn

    I submit that the ‘3/5ths’ was vastly generous…………..who’s next to head the DOJ, Calypso Louie?

    • Chasmania

      Something I was thinking about last night. Can you imagine if you could somehow bring the Founders thru time to America as it is today ?

      The outrage over the Federal excesses and the damage blacks and progressives have done in the name of diversity ? I would expect old world ‘losing it’ to be the order of the day.

  • I do long for the day when we can stop reading ridiculous sentences like this (one of many!) “Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.”…..

    No. They “hurt” themselves by disproportionately breaking the law in those activities – and others!

    I know that civil in this case means ‘ordinary citizens’, but I think in order to have “civil rights”, you need to sustain civilisation and civility. Perhaps when majority-black demographics can muster this achievement, they will be “less hurt” with aspects of the law enforcement.

    (The wierd and wobbly world of Liberalism just continues to get wobblier).

    • Dr. Bazzi

      The term “Civil rights” is just a mask, it is a term coined by the Marxists who encourage the Blacks to hate truth, law and real justice.
      Holder is a worthless character who admits he is a “progressive” activist.
      a Progressive is a follower of Marx. He knows nothing about Law he works on the ideology of hate.
      Just look at his record and you will see a vampire .

  • AmericanCitizen

    This man was a disgrace to the office he was appointed to.

  • Malgus

    “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.”

    Translation: If I stick around much longer, I’m gonna get called on the carpet in front of Congress, and I’m running out of lies and obfuscation. I don’t want to end up in prison, so I’m leaving now.

    Second biggest criminal in the Administration… I can’t believe he’s not in prison.

  • SFLBIB

    “…Holder has made no decisions about his next professional perch, but they
    say it would be no surprise if he returned to the law firm Covington
    & Burling,…”

    How about “Justice Eric Holder”? Only one thing worse: “Chief Justice Eric Holder”.

  • This clown hasn’t really stepped down. All he has done is offered to do so. He’s still in office.

  • AFlaVet

    He’s a perfect example of why they should never be in positions of power. He may have that fancy title…but he’s still one of the 90%, a racist whiny dishonest thug….with a suit and tie.

  • anony

    Good Riddance.

  • Paleoconn

    Goodbye, Eric Withholder. Good riddance. Worst AG ever, beating Janet Reno by a mustache hair. Race-baiter. Three weeks after his nomination, he calls us a nation of cowards when it comes to dealing with race. This after we got our black president. There is a level of hubris that verges on the evil. Ditto stupidity.

  • I suspect this “civil rights” center will immediately start running guns to the Mexican narco gangs.