Attorney General Eric Holder will stay on in his position for only “about a year” into U.S. President Barack Obama’s second term, according to sources.
President Obama asked Holder to stay for at least that long to prevent his second term starting off with a mass exodus of staff, a senior administration official told Fox News on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most prominent official expected to leave soon.
The first African-American Attorney General, Holder has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism. He was condemned for refusing to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Last June he became the first Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress for his handling the Fast and Furious gun-running program, which resulted in the deaths of several border patrol agents and others.
The Republican-controlled Congress voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt last June over the Fast and Furious scandal.
Possible replacements include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.