Attorney General Eric Holder will step down from his post, according to multiple reports.
Holder, the country’s first African-American attorney general, has said in several interviews over the past few months that he expected to resign sooner rather than later.
"At a formal announcement later today, the attorney general plans to express his personal gratitude to the President for the opportunity to serve in his administration and to lead the Justice Department, which he will call the 'greatest honor of my professional life,’” a Justice Department source told ABC.
“He will note he has loved the Justice Department since, when he was a boy, he watched how, under Attorney General Kennedy, the Department played a leadership role in advancing the civil rights movement. During his tenure as Attorney General, Holder has had Attorney General Kennedy’s portrait in his conference room."
Holder has consistently been recognized as Barack Obama’s ‘enforcer’ on issues that the POTUS did not want to take a strong position on. While this decision will probably be met positively by the Attorney General’s critics on the right, the Obama Administration will likely view it as a blow – albeit one they saw coming.
We will continue to update this story as it develops.