AG Holder May Step Down In Second Obama Term

During remarks at the University of Baltimore School of Law Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is unsure whether he will keep his post for a second term, CBS DC reports. “That’s something that I’m in the process now of trying to determine,” Holder said. “I have to think about, can I contribute in a second term?” Holder, the first African-American attorney general, has led the Department’s vigorous efforts to enforce the Voting Rights Act, and first announced in 2009 that the Department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. He has withstood vicious attacks by Senate Republicans and was held in contempt of Congress for his alleged participation in a botched gun sting operation known as “Fast and Furious.” A DOJ inspector general’s report later cleared him of any wrongdoing. According to a Wall Street Journal story on Obama’s second term, Holder has said he wants to stay long enough to mark the 50th anniversary of several civil rights milestones.