Eric Holder Will Be Sticking Around as Attorney General

Elspeth Reeve
Eric Holder Will Be Sticking Around as Attorney General

Several news reports indicated late Wednesday afternoon that Attorney General Eric Holder will remain in his position at the Justice Department into President Obama's second term, despite being a punching bag for House Republicans for much of the last three and a half years. A White House official confirmed to BuzzFeed that Holder won't be quitting, which Fox News reported in November. In his book Kill or Capture, Daniel Klaidman reported that Obama adviser Valeria Jarrett asked Holder to stay, even as he considered resigning: "You're my friend and I care about you," Jarrett is reported to have said. "This will not be good for you and it will not be good for your friend, the president."

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News that Holder will stay came right after news broke that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is quitting. Obama's cabinet is looking very white and male, and the White House told reporters that these other non-white-males will remain in their posts: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

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