In the February 17 issue of the New Yorker magazine, Jeffrey Toobin wrote, based on an interview he had with Attorney General Eric Holder (shown) back in December, that Holder would be leaving office sometime this year, perhaps sooner rather than later. Almost immediately the Justice Department said Toobin was misinterpreting what Holder meant, and issued a partial transcript of Toobin’s interview to prove it:

Toobin: And how long are you going to be the Attorney General?

Holder: Well, you know, I’ve still got things I want to do. I mean, I’ve got this fight, this criminal justice reform stuff … I’ve got financial cases I’m still working on. So I’m going to be here for a while.

Toobin: Do you want to [be] any more specific … do you know? A year? Two years?

Holder: I guess, I think what I’ve said is, I’m going to be here certainly into 2014.

Toobin: That’s a big commitment. It’s in like three weeks.

Holder: I think I’ve said, “well into 2014.”

Toobin: I see. “Well into”? OK, very good.

In another interview that Holder had with the Washington Post in November, he addressed the issue, saying:

I’ve made the determination — I’m not sure I’ve ever said this publicly — but I’m going to certainly stay in this job well into 2014.

If you had asked me that six months ago, I’m not sure I would have given you that answer. I think I probably would have come up with a shorter time frame. But given the issues that I want to focus on and given the condition that they’re in, I think that staying into 2014 is necessary, but also something that I want to do.

To many observers, his departure can’t happen soon enough. The New American reviewed the articles of impeachment introduced in the House by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) in November which followed hard on the heels of a resolution joined by 130 members of the House calling for Holder to resign immediately. Four articles were noted as grounds for impeachment, including Holder’s coverup of his and his department’s role in the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal and his refusal to hand over related documents demanded by the House. The second article concerned Holder’s refusal to uphold and defend various U.S. laws including the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The third article concentrated on Holder’s refusal to prosecute IRS officials accused of leaking sensitive private information to opponents of conservative organizations, while the fourth related to Holder’s lying under oath about his department’s targeting of journalists, specifically James Rosen of Fox News.

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