MSNBC host Al Sharpton has released a statement through his National Action Network indicating that he and the group are "engaged in immediate conversations" with the White House regarding finding a successor for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.
We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder.
Sharpton's statement heaps praise on Holder, including for achievements such as being the first black Attorney General, and for visiting Ferguson, Missouri. A recent Politico profile names Sharpton the President's "go to" man on race issues, particularly in the wake of Ferguson, which surely figures in to his "conversations." Holder's term has been very racially charged, from his "coward" comments to the Black Panther case and more.
Here is the full statement from Sharpton:
STATEMENT FROM REV. AL SHARPTON REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER
"The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community. We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on civil rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most. We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder. His accomplishments in working to protect American’s from terrorism, fighting to protect voter rights, challenging unfair sentencing, directing U.S. attorneys on fair prosecution, and being the only Attorney General to visit the site of a civil rights complaint in Ferguson must be noted in American history. Though we would have liked to have seen other areas more aggressively dealt with, such as closing Guantanamo Bay, his general service has been more than exemplary. As I stood with the families of Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner of Staten Island, NY, and called on the Justice Department to take over the criminal investigation of those cases at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. today, we hope Attorney General Holder will authorize this before his departure or that it becomes the first order of business for his successor. Policing of Americans is the critical challenge of today, especially Blacks and Browns in particular. We will aggressively pursue the Justice Department’s involvement in dealing with these matters in his remaining days and in the days ahead of his successor."
-Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network