In spite of the many scandals surrounding Attorney General Eric Holder, the embattled Justice Department chief has thus far escaped calls for his resignation from Democrats loyal to the White House. That is, until now. On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Bloomberg Television host Al Hunt that Holder’s ability to perform his duties has been curtailed by the controversies surrounding his department. Manchin suggested Holder should consider resigning.
“Whenever you feel that you have lost your effectiveness or may be losing your effectiveness to the detriment of the job that you do,” said Manchin. “You have to evaluate that and make a decision. And I think we’re at the time now where decisions have to be made.”
Holder’s department has been criticized for sweeping subpoenas of Associated Press and Fox News journalists’ telephone records.
“There’s some things that I want to do, some things I want to get done,” Holder recently said in an interview confirming that he has no intention of stepping down anytime soon. “I’ve discussed that with the president. And once I have finished that, I’ll sit down with him and we’ll determine when it’s time to make a transition to a new attorney general.”
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