President Obama will announce Thursday Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is stepping down from his post as soon as a successor is confirmed, according to White House officials.

“After serving for nearly six years as the head of the Justice Department, Holder is the first African American to be Attorney General of the United States and will be the fourth longest person to hold the position,” said the official, who asked not to be identified because the announcement had not been made yet.

“Holder’s accomplishments have established a historic legacy of civil rights enforcement and restoring fairness to the criminal justice system. Holder revitalized the Department’s praised Civil Rights Division, protected the rights of the LGBT community, successfully prosecuted terrorists, and fought tirelessly for voting rights, to name a few.  He will remain at the Department of Justice until his post is filled,” said the official.

NPR first reported the news of Holder’s departure late Thursday morning.

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