His tenure has been marked by controversy; the self-proclaimed “activist” was the first Attorney General to be voted in contempt by Congress as a result of his refusal to hand over documents pertaining to the “Fast and Furious” scandal.
His decision to try September 11th plotters in New York City was met with anger and grief from lawmakers, survivors, and victims’ families.
He quickly became the “lightning rod” that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) predicted he would be. NPR reports:
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.
Sources have told NPR that his decision to leave the Cabinet was spurred by his desire to not serve out the remainder of Obama’s final term.
He plans to leave the Department of Justice as soon as his successor is confirmed. Sources say one of the leading candidates for the position will be Solicitor General Don Verrilli, “the administration’s top representative to the Supreme Court.”
Holder says he’d like his legacy to be focused on his record of civil rights.
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