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Attorney General Holder to Step Down After 6 Years

On Thursday, September 25, Eric Holder announced he was stepping down as Attorney General.
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His career started 40 years ago in the Justice Department, where he’s served under six Presidents – Democrat and Republican – all while standing by the ideal of equal justice under the law. On Thursday, September 25, Eric Holder announced he was stepping down as Attorney General.

“I come to this moment with very mixed emotions: proud of what the men and women of the Department of Justice have accomplished over the last six years, and at the same time, very sad that I will not be a formal part – a formal part – of the great things that this Department and this President will accomplish over the next two,” Holder said in a joint statement with President Barack Obama announcing his resignation.

During his six years serving as Attorney General, a run that both the President and Holder felt was a good one, he has fought a variety of battles for the betterment of society. From corruption and violent crime to human trafficking and civil rights, and according to President Obama, “Eric haws done a superb job.”

“Eric’s proudest achievement, though, might be reinvigorating and restoring the core mission to what he calls “the conscience of the building” – and that’s the Civil Rights Division. He has been relentless against attacks on the Voting Rights Act –- because no citizen, including our servicemembers, should have to jump through hoops to exercise their most fundamental right. He’s challenged discriminatory state immigration laws that not only risked harassment of citizens and legal immigrants, but actually made it harder for law enforcement to do its job,” the President stated.

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Despite his work at improving the criminal justice system and the way the U.S courts operate, he was not without criticism. According to The Huffington Post, the Republican party took the opportunity as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called Holder “the most divisive U.S. Attorney General in modern history.”

Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union via the Huffinton Post said in a statement, “Our hope is that his successor will take his baton and continue to focus on reforms that will positively affect the lives of millions, and also seriously address issues that have yet to receive adequate attention such as the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention camp.”

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“Under his watch, the Department has brought a record number of prosecutions for human trafficking, and for hate crimes – because no one in America should be afraid to walk down the street because of the color of their skin, the love in their heart, the faith they practice, or the disabilities that they live with,” the President stated.

The President has yet to name a successor, and Holder has agreed to serve in the role until a successor has been named and approved by the Senate.