Attorney General Eric Holder listens to Rep. Darryl Issa, R-Calif., on video screen, while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, shown speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference on Friday, will be stepping down from his position as soon as a replacement is appointed. T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on Thursday to announce that Holder is resigning. Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Ferguson, Mo., residents Angela Whitman (left) and Jill Richards on Wednesday at Drake's Place Restaurant about issues surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. J.B. Forbes/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Attorney General Eric Holder participates in a closed-door meeting Wednesday with students at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Eric Holder (right) recently expressed outrage at the treatment President Obama and he have received from conservatives. He stopped just short of saying it was race-related, leaving that for the African-American audience at the recent National Action Network convention to decide. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on the oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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