U.S. Attorney General Holder to step down, successor faces array of challenges

U.S. President Obama announces the resignation of Attorney General Holder at the White House in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards and David Ingram WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eric Holder said on Thursday he would step down as U.S. attorney general, setting up a potentially bruising Senate fight to confirm a successor who can tackle a long list of pending challenges at the Justice Department. Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed. His nearly six-year term, marked by civil rights advances and frequent fights with Congress, made him one of the nation’s longest serving attorneys …

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