By LOUIS FLORES
After two recent New York City protests against the nation's top law enforcement official in as many weeks, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation today.
"Eric has done a superb job," President Barack Obama said today at the announcement of Attorney General Holder's resignation.
"I come to this moment with very mixed emotions, proud of what the men and women of the Department of Justice have accomplished over the last six years, and, at the same time, very sad that I will not be a formal part of the great things that this department and this president will accomplish over the next two," Attorney General Holder said.
Attorney General Holder took over the helm of the Department of Justice less than two years after after it had become beset by scandal, low-moral, and an exodus by senior staff under the stewardship of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, according to a 2007 report by NPR. Michael Mukasey served as Attorney General for a term of just over 14 months between Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Holder during the finality of former President George W. Bush's second term in office.
Attorney General Holder leaves behind a mixed record at the nation's top law enforcement officer. During his administration over the DOJ, the federal government refused to continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a move that would help to further expand marriage equality across the nation. However, the DOJ became embroiled in new scandals, including Attorney General Holder's crackdown on whistleblowers that extended to abridging the First Amendment rights of journalists. Also during his leadership, the DOJ stood by and did nothing as the Obama administration denied more Freedom of Information Act requests than it approved, including one filed with the DOJ pertaining to the government's prosecution of activists.