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Joe Biden Praises Eric Holder as 'One of the Finest Attorney Generals We Have Had

"He has stood his ground on principle. He has never yielded. And he has been right."

ice President Joe Biden (R) and Attorney General Eric Holder participate in the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor award ceremony in the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. The medal is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer who exhibits 'exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness, presence of mind and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Before swearing in Loretta Lynch as the new attorney general Monday, Vice President Joe Biden paid respect to her predecessor.

“This is a woman who is incredibly qualified, just like Eric Holder, who I’ve known and has been my close friend for years and years and years, over 30 years,” Biden said.

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“He might be one of the finest attorney generals we have had,” Biden continued. “He has been in this environment of such political hostility. He has stood his ground on principle. He has never yielded. And he has been right.”

Holder’s controversial tenure at the Justice Department ended Friday and was marked by questions about the Fast and Furious scandal, aggressive leak investigations and other matters.

Biden noted that Holder assisted in choosing the vice presidential running mate for Obama in 2008.

“So, he owed me for what he did,” Biden said. “No, I’m joking. That was a joke. Press that was a joke. It’s been the great honor of my life. But he’s also one of the great friends of my life.”

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