Attorney General Eric Holder signaled on Thursday he may leave his position in a second Obama term.
“That’s something that I’m in the process now of trying to determine,” Holder told law school students at the University of Baltimore School of Law. “I have to think about, can I contribute in a second term?”
Holder said he would have to first talk things out with his family, and then President Obama.
“[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do I think there are things that I still want to do? Do I have gas left in the tank? It’s been an interesting and tough four years, so I really just don’t know,” Holder explained.
Holder, the first African-American Attorney General, has increasingly become a target for Republicans. He was condemned for refusing to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Most recently has come under fire for the Fast and Furious gun-running program, which resulted in the deaths of several border patrol agents and others.
Speculation ran wild Thursday as to who might replace Holder as America’s top attorney. One idea floated has been DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, reports the Washington Examiner.
“Senate sources said that she would be a good pick for Obama since she has years of experience in the area and is generally well regarded in Congress,” the Examiner said.
Other possible replacements include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.