After serving six years as U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder is planning to resign. From NPR:

Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear that he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.

Holder’s Justice Department is currently investigating Officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Amid civil unrest, Holder, who often speaks candidly about racial injustice, visited Brown’s family in August.*

*Post updated to reflect that Holder visited Ferguson in August, not early September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama is scheduled to make the announcement about his resignation at 4:30 ET.