BRETT LOGIURATO --- Business Insider
Attorney General Eric Holder will step down from his position as the head of the Department of Justice, a White House official confirmed.
"This afternoon the president will announce the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder," the official told Business Insider. The announcement will come at 4:30 p.m. from the State Dining Room of the White House.
The official said that Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, will remain at the Justice Department until President Barack Obama appoints his successor and the person is confirmed by the US Senate. That process could stretch into early next year, depending on how quickly Obama appoints a new attorney general.
The news was first reported by NPR. The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the NPR report, Holder wants to leave his position soon before he feels "locked in" to stay for the rest of Obama's tenure as president. Holder is one of the few remaining members from Obama's original Cabinet. He is also already the fourth-longest-serving attorney general in US history.
The White House touted his accomplishments ahead of the president's announcement.
"After serving for nearly six years as the head of the Justice Department, Holder is the first African American to be Attorney General of the United States and will be the fourth longest person to hold the position," the White House official said.
"Holder’s accomplishments have established a historic legacy of civil rights enforcement and restoring fairness to the criminal justice system. Holder revitalized the Department’s praised Civil Rights Division, protected the rights of the LGBT community, successfully prosecuted terrorists, and fought tirelessly for voting rights, to name a few," he said.