President Obama will be announcing at 4:30 pm Eastern time today that Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning.
Close friends said Holder had been exhausted by his job at times and had earlier considered leaving several times, especially last summer and fall, when he was facing pillorying from Hill Republicans over the department’s handling of the Fast and Furious gun program. But Holder was very reluctant to leave his Justice post at a low point, and he wanted to depart on his own terms.
Holder now announces his resignation after a series of successes in the past year, having received accolades from community activists for his leadership in investigating and responding to the police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. Holder has often spoken about race relations in blunter terms than the president.
While Holder has no immediate plans once he steps down, the Justice official said, he has spoken with friends and colleagues about establishing some sort of center or institute to continue his work on restoring trust between law enforcement and minority communities.
Here’s an NPR audio report:
And of course, right wing blogs are already in a frenzy of back-slapping and partying and gloating; if there’s one thing right wingers know how to do, it’s gloat.
The Dumbest Man on the Internet has weighed in with one of his typical grotesque race-baiting posts, complete with a picture of Holder from 1968: Breaking: Controversial Scandal-Plagued Attorney General Holder to Step Down | the Gateway Pundit.
And guess who wrote the ludicrous article Hoft cites, claiming Holder took part in an “armed takeover” of an ROTC office in 1968? None other than… Chuck C. Johnson.