Eric Holder, one of the most loyal, liberal and controversial members of President Obama's administration, said Thursday he would retire after nearly six years as attorney general.
Obama formally announced the resignation at the White House, calling Holder "the people's lawyer" and praising him for his work on civil rights.
"I hope I have done honor to the faith you have placed in me, Mr. President," Holder where his words in an uncharacteristically emotional speech.
It was his own decision to resign and President Obama didn't put up much of a fight because of how long Holder had served in the white House. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday.