Hours after the news broke that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to resign, Al Sharpton claimed his civil rights group, the National Action Network, is already “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House about Holder’s successor.
"We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder," Sharpton said in a statement obtained by Business Insider.
Sharpton also said Holder “has been the best attorney general on civil rights in U.S. history” and his resignation is disappointing “because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most."
The MSNBC host and civil rights leader then urged Holder to “authorize” the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the criminal investigations into the deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
“[T]oday, we hope Attorney General Holder will authorize this before his departure or that it becomes the first order of business for his successor,” Sharpton said.
Sharpton has apparently become President Barack Obama's "go-to man" on race issues ever since the unrest that unfolded in Ferguson following the police-involved shooting death of Brown, according to a recent Politico profile.