DOJ Disputes New Yorker Report That Attorney General Eric Holder Plans to Resign
DOJ Disputes New Yorker Report That Attorney General Eric Holder Plans to Resign

The New Yorker magazine is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to resign this year, but the Department of Justice is pushing back, saying that’s not the case.

In a feature story for the magazine’s Feb. 17 issue (sub. req.), writer Jeffrey Toobin said that Holder told him that Holder would leave his post in 2014, though he also said that he planned to remain as attorney general “well into” the year.

But the Justice Department provided TPM a partial transcript of Toobin’s interview with Holder, and in it, the attorney general did not explicitly say that he would resign in 2014, but that he would stay “well into 2014.”

“The most the Attorney General has said is that he still has a lot he wants to accomplish on issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights and LGBT equality,” Justice spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. “He did not speak about his plans any further than that.”

As recently as Nov. 19, Holder, the first African-American attorney general in U.S. history, told CBS News that he didn’t have “any plans” to step down. Source: Talking Points Memo

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