December 3rd, 2009
12:15 PM ET
3 months ago

Holder's deputy says he'll resign, saying goals fulfilled

Washington (CNN) - Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, who ran the Justice Department's day-to-day operations, announced Thursday he will soon resign after less than a year in the key post.

Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed the news of the unusually early departure, but gave no indication of any differences between himself and his deputy.

Holder called Ogden "an effective and diligent advocate for the American people."

"I am sorry to see him go, and I thank him for his service to the department and to the nation," Holder said.

Ogden said he would return to his Washington law firm when he steps down on February 5. He said that would provide Holder time to identify his successor and ensure a smooth transition.

"The goals I hoped to achieve when I accepted this position either have been or soon will be fulfilled," Ogden said in a prepared statement. "The Department is in good hands, and I feel I can now return to the private practice I have missed these thirteen months," he said.

Ogden held the position which Holder occupied under former Attorney General Janet Reno.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. southerncousin

    Anybody in an Obama administration position cannot claim to be "an active and dligent advocate for the American people."

    They can make that claim for the dope smokers, the unions, ACORN and all of the left wing nuts, but not for the American people.

    December 3, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. HUGO

    What this truly reflects is Ogden beginning to try to distance himself from the Holder and Obama "destroy America" team of legal Liberalism that has ruined a once great Nation.

    December 3, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Gerry Hildreth

    Impeach Obama now and dismiss Holder, too. What frauds!

    December 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Tina

    Obama's people are dropping like flies. Why?

    December 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Paul from Phoenix

    Dems are jumping ship.

    December 3, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Obama = WORST president EVER

    Ogden fulfilled his goal of helping to ruin the country after only 9 months? I guess so.

    December 3, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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