U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder resigns after more than five years in office. The close confidante of President Barack Obama will officially announce his decision this Thursday, said a ministry spokesman in Washington. The not surprising for observers Holder decision was apparently deliberately several weeks before the elections for the U.S. Senate in November.

The 63-year-old is the first black minister of justice in the United States and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and next to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the last three remaining ministers from Obama’s first Cabinet. Under former President Bill Clinton Holder was already vice-chief of the Justice Department. The New York native worked in his career, including as attorney, federal judge and prosecutor. Even in the civil rights movement for blacks NAACP he worked.

Sharp confrontation with Congress

With Obama, who took him immediately after taking office in February 2009, the government boat, connects him so much: Both studied at Columbia University in New York, her two fathers are not from the USA. They are considered close confidants. According to government sources Holder wishes to exercise his duties on until a successor was confirmed by the Senate.

Holder is one of the Ministers of Justice with the longest tenure in U.S. history. His oversight of the U.S. legal system and the Federal Police Department FBI was marked by some successes, but also of sharp confrontation with Congress. Holder made ‚Äč‚Äčinter alia for more rights for same-sex couples. His reform of the penal code, which reduced the punishment for certain drug offenses, aimed at relieving the U.S. prisons.

For the more conservative members of parliament and senators of the opposition Republican Holder was a constant opponent. Regular Holder was called before Congress, where he heated debates with the representatives of the people gave themselves. The Conservatives have repeatedly called for Holder’s resignation, as this is not very cooperative showed a congressional investigation for targeted persecution of members of the Tea Party movement by the tax authorities.

In June 2012, the House of Representatives Holder spoke of “contempt of Congress” the distrust after the ministers had refused to publish files to a bet on the border with Mexico in the commission of inquiry.

Holder had played in the past, according to U.S. media reports repeated withdrawal thoughts. With his resignation in time for the Senate elections in November, Obama could still seek the approval of Congress to Holders successor before the Democrats might lose their Senate majority. Holder is married to the midwife Sharon Malone and has three children.