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UPDATE: Local politicians weigh in on Eric Holder resignation as Attorney General

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. AP photo U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. AP photo
After learning the news of United States Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation, Congressman Fleischmann made the following statement.

“During his nearly six year tenure, Eric Holder vastly overstepped his bounds as Attorney General. From ‘Fast and Furious' to his handling of the IRS targeting scandal, Holder abused the power of his office. It is my sincere hope that Holder's successor will have a greater commitment to the rule of law.”


Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander also weighed in on the announcement.  

"I hope the President will nominate an Attorney General this time who will faithfully apply the laws Congress has passed and not seek to impose policies the President wishes Congress had passed."


And Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais is welcoming Holder's resignation.  He released a statement saying, in part.

"Attorney General Holder's departure from the Justice Department cannot come soon enough.  Throughout his tenure he has consistently shown a wanton disregard for the laws he is charged to uphold."

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Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce Thursday that he will resign after nearly six years, a Justice Department official told NBC News.

Holder is the 82nd attorney general, and the first African-American to serve in that position.


He announced earlier that he intended to leave office by the end of 2014.


Holder plans to stay on the job until a successor is confirmed, the official said.

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