Attorney General Eric Holder will remain in President Obama’s second-term cabinet–at least for a year, according to news reports.
The embattled official had expressed uncertainty about his future with the administration right after the election.
“I have to think about can I contribute in a second term,” Holder told students at the University of Baltimore Law School Nov. 8. “Do I think there are things that I still want to do? Do I have gas left in the tank?”
But Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets are reporting that Holder has enough gas left, at least for a year.
While the Department of Justice has flourished under his leadership—the Civil Rights Enforcement Division has been particularly productive in defending the Voting Rights Act and other equal rights laws—Holder came under political attack from Republicans over the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal and other issues.
But, according to Fox News, a senior administration official said Holder was asked to stay because President Obama does want a mass exodus of senior officials at the beginning of his second term. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled, very early on, her plans to retire. And now, the White House national security team is undergoing a shakeup in the wake of CIA Director David Petraeus’ abrupt departure over a sex scandal.
The names of Holder’s potential successors are starting to emerge, the senior administration official told Fox News. Among those mentioned are Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D- Minn.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a former state attorney general; and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.