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The Rev. Al Sharpton wants to help the White House pick the next U.S. attorney general after President Barack Obama announced Thursday Eric Holder will resign from his post.

Sharpton said in a statement that his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, is “engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on their deliberations over a successor, whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder.”

Sharpton also praised Holder, who will step down once a replacement is found after a term that began in February 2009.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the civil rights community,” Sharpton said. “We are proud that he has been the best attorney general on civil rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most.”

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