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Attorney General Eric HolderEric Holder, America’s first black attorney general and the fourth-longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history announced his resignation Thursday. He lead the Justice Department since the first days of President Barack Obama‘s term.

Holder, won’t leave until a replacement is confirmed, which means he could remain in office for months. Holder is the administration’s point man on the civil rights investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

In an emotional ceremony at the White House, Obama said Holder did a “superb job.” Obama said, “He believes as I do that justice is not just an abstract theory. It’s a living and breathing principal. It’s about how our laws interact with our daily lives.”

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