Eric Holder has officially resigned as United States Attorney General.

In a statement last hour, Holder officially announced his resignation, and pledged to continue the work he began during his years at the Department of Justice.

Via Politico:

President Barack Obama praised Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday saying Holder has worked for decades “to make sure that those words, ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ are made real for all of us.”

“Soon, Eric, Sharon and their kids will be a bit freer to pursue a little more happiness of their own, and thanks to Eric’s efforts, so will more Americans,” Obama said from the White House, with Holder, who announced Thursday that he was planning to step down, standing at his side.

Obama said Holder did a “superb job” and called the moment “bittersweet.”

Holder, who grew emotional during his remarks, thanked Obama, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and those who worked in the Justice Department.

“The work remains to be done, but the list of our accomplishments is real,” Holder said.

During his speech, Holder failed to list his numerous “accomplishments” as Attorney General, including overseeing Operation Fast and Furious, failing to defend DOMA (its merits and demerits aside,) becoming the first AG in history to be held in contempt of Congress, and overseeing Operation Choke Point.

Holder will remain in his post until a successor is nominated and confirmed.

You can watch the full video of Obama’s and Holder’s statements here.


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