As controversy continues to swirl around multiple scandals in Washington and as calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign grow louder, the nation’s top cop has said he has no intention of going anywhere.
Attorney General Eric Holder told NBC News Wednesday that he has no intentions of stepping down.
Holder has been embroiled in a furor over a Justice Department subpoena of Associated Press phone records and an investigation of leaks to Fox News correspondent James Rosen.
Holder told NBC he is uncomfortable with how some of the leak investigations have progressed. Although he approved some of the steps in the investigation, he said laws and regulations forced his hand and should be changed.
"I'm a little concerned that things have gotten a little out of whack ... I think we can do a better job than we have. We can reform those regulations, reform those guidelines to better reflect that balance,” he said.
So, how is it that after years embroiled in scandal and a criminal contempt charge, Holder is still around? Because President Obama wants him around. Just this week the White House reconfirmed full support for Holder, who is under investigation for perjruy by the House Judiciary Committee.
White House officials said on Monday that Obama supports Holder, who has been his attorney general since he took office in 2009. Holder has faced a number of controversies over the years which the administration has blamed on Republican partisan manoeuvring.
Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, issued a statement saying that Obama and his team "believe that the attorney general has the intellect, experience and integrity to efficiently run the justice department and not get distracted by the partisans who seem more interested in launching political attacks than co-operating with him."
As a reminder, both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives have called for Holder to resign. Last year, both Democrats and Republicans voted in the House to hold Holder in contempt, a vote the majority of Americans approved of.