Holder to Remain at Justice

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Eric Holder will remain the Attorney General into President Barack Obama’s second term but only for a limited time, Fox News reported.

The announcement comes as the administration is planning a major reshuffling of top-level posts, giving the President one less position he has to worry about in the short term.

A senior administration official told Fox News that Obama does not want a mass exodus at the start of his second term, especially with his national security team going through major changes. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has said she will leave soon.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Holder has accepted the president's request to stay temporarily.

Holder has often clashed with House Republicans, most notably over the "Fast and Furious" gun walking scandal. Holder became the first sitting Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress.

Some names of potential replacements are already circulating, Fox noted, including current Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.