U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview with “NBC Nightly News” on Wednesday that he has “no intention” of heeding calls for his resignation.
The interview with NBC’s Pete Williams marked the first time Holder has spoken one-on-one with the press since he came under scrutiny for seizing phone records and emails at the AP and Fox News. Holder said labeling Fox News reporter James Rosen a “co-conspirator” in a leak investigation was necessary to obtain a search warrant for his records, but the attorney general admitted that he was not “comfortable” making that designation.
Holder did not rule out a future transition to a new attorney general in the interview, but asserted that he will not be stepping down anytime soon.
“There are things I want to do, things I want to get done that I have discussed with the president,” Holder told Williams. “Once I have finished that, I will sit down with him and we’ll determine when it is time to make a transition to a new attorney general.”
Williams asked Holder to clarify: “But to be clear, you’re not stepping down now?”
“No, I have no intention of doing so now,” Holder replied.