Topics

Patrick Leahy
Eric H. Holder Jr., U.S. attorney general, is stepping down
Eric H. Holder Jr., U.S. attorney general, is stepping down

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., the first African American to fill the nation's top law enforcement post, announced Thursday he was stepping down, ending a nearly six-year tenure as one of the Obama administration's most progressive voices and polarizing figures. Holder, 63, leaves an impressive legacy on civil rights and criminal justice reforms, but one that took shape relatively late in his tumultuous term, which was initially dominated by political battles and a contempt citation from Congress. The former federal prosecutor and close friend of President Obama becomes one of the last original members of the Cabinet to resign. At an emotional gathering in the White House State...

Loading