Constitutional Principles

Eric Holder to Resign

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If you’re not a fan of Attorney General Eric Holder, you’ll probably be thrilled about the latest news. He may not be in that position much longer.

According to NBC News, a Justice Department official said Holder plans to announce his resignation Thursday. He’s one of the last cabinet officials who have remained on the job since the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, the story notes.

As noted in the report, congressional Republicans have pushed for him to be dismissed over controversies such as the Fast and Furious gun operation and the IRS targeting scandal. As you may already know, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was allegedly killed by illegal aliens using guns trafficked by Fast and Furious suspects who the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) did not arrest. And the IRS allegedly targeted conservative groups with terms such as “Tea Party” in their names for intensive scrutiny.

But don’t get too excited yet if you’re eager to see him leave. Holder is still on the job, so his nearly six-year stint in his current role isn’t over at this time. He’ll remain in his position until a replacement is confirmed, according to NBC News. The report doesn’t mention any potential replacements, so it’s not clear who will step in after he leaves his job.

What do you think? Is it time for Holder to step down? Who should replace him?