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Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Thursday that he will resign after six years at the Justice Department helm. The attorney general has agreed to remain in his post until the confirmation of his successor, a Justice Department official has confirmed to CNN.

At a formal announcement later Thursday, Holder plans to express his personal gratitude to President Barack Obama for the opportunity to serve in his administration and to lead the Justice Department, which he will call the “greatest honor of my professional life.”

President Obama will address Holder’s resignation Thursday afternoon from the White House State Room.

An Obama administration official described some of Holder’s accomplishments.

Holder “established a historic legacy of civil rights enforcement and restoring fairness to the criminal justice system. Holder revitalized the Department’s praised Civil Rights Division, protected the rights of the LGBT community, successfully prosecuted terrorists, and fought tirelessly for voting rights, to name a few,” the official said.

Holder has discussed his plans personally with the President on multiple occasions in recent months, and finalized those plans in an hourlong conversation with the President at the White House residence over Labor Day weekend, the official said.

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