Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that he could exit the Obama administration despite the president securing a second term.
Holder made the apparently off-the-cuff remarks during a speech to law students at the University of Baltimore School of Law on Thursday, according to Reuters.
According to the report, the attorney general said he still needed to consult with the president and his family before making a decision on a second term. And, Holder said, he needed to ask himself, "Do I have some gas left in the tank?"
Holder, the country's first African-American attorney general, has come under fire from congressional Republicans for his handling of the administration's "Fast and Furious" program, which illegally sold guns to Mexican drug cartels in the hope of better tracking their organizations. One of the guns was reportedly involved in the death of a Border Patrol agent, and the House voted Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over some documents relevant to their investigation into the program.
In a news conference shortly following the contempt vote, Holder decried the move as "political" and vowed to get back to work.
“Whatever the path that this matter will now follow, it will not distract me or the men and women of the Department of Justice from the important tasks that are our responsibility," Holder said in a statement. "A great deal of work for the American people remains to be done — I’m getting back to it. I suggest that those who orchestrated today’s vote do the same."