Holder, Sebelius, Shinseki to stay on for second Obama term

Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderHolder defends Mueller: 'No basis to question the integrity of Mueller' Kamala Harris slams Sessions on criminal justice Deputy AG backs Sessions' tough on crime policy MORE and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusOPINION | 5 big ideas to halt America's opioid epidemic Aligning clinical and community resources improves health Sebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' MORE will stay in their positions in President Obama’s second term, White House officials said Thursday.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric ShinsekiEric ShinsekiHouse approves VA bill, sending it to Trump Senate backs bill making it easier to fire VA employees Shulkin confirmed to lead Dept. of Veterans Affairs MORE also will remain, the officials said.

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In 2012, the House voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress for failing to provide information demanded by Republicans in a probe into a gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

Seventeen Democrats voted in favor of placing Holder in contempt in the 255-67 vote. The House was also authorized in a separate 258-95 vote to take civil action against Holder, a step it took because the Department of Justice did not intend to pursue the criminal contempt measure. Twenty-one Democrats voted for the civil action.

Holder and Democrats said the probe and vote pushed by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) were politically motivated.

“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided and politically motivated investigation during an election year,” Holder said at the time. “By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety.”

The White House has been facing criticism about diversity in the Cabinet and in the halls of the West Wing, but Holder's and Sebelius's decisions to stay keep a high-profile African-American and a woman in Obama's Cabinet.

Obama's last two appointments — Sen. John KerryJohn KerrySenators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump Budowsky: Dems need council of war MORE (D-Mass.) and former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelPentagon withholding nuclear weapons inspection results: report Lobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? MORE (R-Neb.) — are white men. And Obama is expected to nominate White House chief of staff Jack LewJack LewEU slaps Google with record .7B antitrust fine for skewing search results White House divide may derail needed China trade reform 3 unconventional ways Trump can tackle the national debt MORE to be Treasury secretary as soon as this week.

The White House also announced Wednesday that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis would leave the administration.

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday, responding to a White House-released photo of a mostly-male inner circle staff, said it was "not reflective of the diversity of the White House staff."

—This story was posted at 4:53 p.m. and updated at 5:40 p.m.