WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2014) — U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder is resigning, according to White House officials.
President Barack Obama was expected to announce Mr. Holder's resignation the afternoon of Sept. 25.
Mr. Holder will step down from his post as soon as his successor is confirmed, the officials said.
A former partner in the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling, Mr. Holder was confirmed in February 2009 by a 75-21 Senate vote.
During his tenure, Mr. Holder was criticized harshly by conservatives and liberals alike.
“Attorney General Eric Holder's record was badly blemished by his nearly overwhelming failure to hold corporate criminals accountable,” Public Citizen said in a press release.
Conservatives, on the other hand, held Mr. Holder responsible for such things as the “Fast and Furious” drug sting operation—which began during the Bush Administration and ended in the death of a federal agent and a cache of weapons in the hands of Mexican drug dealers.