U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told NBC News on Wednesday that he has no plans to resign for the time being and insisted that he has “great respect” for the news media despite signing off on requests by his Justice Department to examine the phone and email records of journalists.

“There’s some things that I want to do, some things that I want to get done that I’ve discussed 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,” Holder told NBC’s Pete Williams in an exclusive interview.

“But to be clear, you’re not stepping down now?” Williams pressed.

“No, I have no intention of doing so now,” Holder replied.