After a stormy 5½-year tenure, Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced Thursday that he plans to resign as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Holder's decision sets up what will likely be a bruising confirmation battle for his successor as President Obama's second term winds down.
The resignation robs Obama of one of his longest-serving aides — one of the handful who have been with him since the dawn of his history-making first term. Holder will stay on until his successor is confirmed.
"This is bittersweet," the president admitted as he formally announced the move in the White House's State Dining Room. "Eric has done a superb job."
Obama gave no hint of whom he might name for the job, but some administration officials have floated figures like Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and two-term Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
"I come to this moment with very mixed emotions," said Holder, who choked up as heRead More »from Eric Holder announces resignation, sets up confirmation battle