Attorney general Eric Holder resigns after six years as ‘the people’s lawyer’
President Barack Obama hails work of his friend in emotional White House address announcing Holder’s retirement
After six years as a lightning rod for many of the most charged legal storms of the Obama administration, US attorney general Eric Holder announced his retirement on Thursday in an emotional White House address that divided political opinion as much as his tenure had done.
The first African American to run the Department of Justice was feted by the president as the “people’s lawyer”: a champion of voter rights, same-sex marriage, sentencing reform and civil liberties.
Quoting Robert F Kennedy, Obama said Holder had “borne the burden” of “proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and equal before the law.”