The speculation that Attorney General Eric Holder will resign by year’s end has picked up steam again, after his itinerary showed he was about to fulfill a major goal since joining the Justice Department, reports The Washington Post
The rumors about his early departure began in February, when the 63-year-old was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center feeling faint and with an elevated heart rate.
Although he was quickly released, Holder told friends it was "spooky" and possibly a warning “sign” he should spend more time with his family.
But a Justice Department official said in April that Holder does not plan to leave before the midterms elections in November, and had no timeline for an exit
But there’s now been renewed conjecture that he will be gone by the end of December, the Post said.
The speculation, however, surfaced again last month after Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri, following the unrest over the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by white police officer Darren Wilson.
His call for a federal civil rights investigation
into the killing has led some to believe that he might want to remain in office for a longer period to complete the process, according to the newspaper.
But his travel plans have alerted Washington observers to the fact that Holder is ready to hand in his resignation after five years in the AG office.
Holder has made it known that he wants to visit every U.S. attorney’s office in the country, all 93 of them, and he has managed to drop in on 90 of them since he’s been with the Justice Department.
He’s crossing off two more from his bucket list this week by traveling to Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, leaving just one more, the Post reported. The last stop will be the office “nearest and dearest” to him at the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Holder and Judge Nealon, 87, have been longtime acquaintances, ever since the attorney general was a young Justice Department prosecutor in charge of a major corruption case in the town.
Holder is now due to visit Scranton later this month, completing his list and fueling rumors that he’ll be clearing out his desk at work soon.
The only thing that could hold him back is that if Republicans win control of both chambers of Congress in the November elections, it may be difficult for a potential replacement for Holder to be confirmed, meaning that the country could be without an attorney general for the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.
He might not want to leave his boss hanging.
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