Attorney General Eric Holder says investigation of Michael Brown shooting and on Ferguson, Mo., police departments to be 'thorough and independent'; says he's encouraged today's demonstrations have been peaceful - @NBCNews
Attorney General Eric Holder: Justice Department's investigation into Michael Brown shooting ongoing; department 'continues to investigate allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department' - statement
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Ferguson grand jury decision: 'There will be many people who are disappointed in today's decision, even though it is a result of a deliberate legal process that's being independently checked by Attorney General Eric Holder and the US Justice Department. While we await the conclusion of that independent investigation-and continue working together for solutions to systemic issues highlighted by this tragedy - I'm praying that the good people of St. Louis and local law enforcement will remain peaceful and respectful of one another' - statement
Editor's note: The Washington Post reports the U.S. Justice Department has two opportunities to bring criminal charges and overhaul the Ferguson, Mo., police department. In September, Attorney General Eric Holder launched an investigation to examine if officers routinely engaged in racial profiling or showed a pattern of excessive force. There is also a civil rights investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown. - Stephanie
Attorney General Eric Holder on passing of former Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry: 'Former Mayor Barry was a consequential figure in the city that I call home. His vision, and his hard work, helped to transform Washington into the world class city it now is' - statement
As Ferguson grand jury verdict nears, Attorney General Eric Holder has encouraged protesters to be peaceful while underlining First Amendment rights to free assembly and importance of demonstrations in bringing 'vital issues to the attention of the public at large' - video statement
Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder on President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch as his successor: 'Loretta Lynch is an extraordinarily talented attorney, a dedicated public servant, and a leader of considerable experience and consummate skill. I am certain that she will be an outstanding Attorney General' - statement
Editor's note: @CNN is reporting that Loretta Lynch, the US attorney in Brooklyn, is President Obama's pick to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. The @nytimes is also out with a story this morning reporting Lynch's status as a leading candidate, citing sources close to the selection process. We're seeking additional sourcing on this story. - Tricia
Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, in office since 2009. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first black American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.
Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a United States Attorney. While a U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (D–Illinois) for corruption charges related to his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Later, he was Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to Barack Obama during Obama's presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama's vice-presidential selection committee. As a result of the Fast and Furious investigation, he became the only cabinet member in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress. As of 2014 Holder is one of three members of the original Obama cabinet that are still serving in their posts, the others being Tom Vilsack and Arne Duncan.