In a newly-released statement, Al Sharpton announced that he and his organization, the National Action Network, were “engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General [Eric] Holder.”
To be clear, as he told BusinessInsider, he’s not actually picking picking the next candidate for Attorney General. “We did not say we are in the decision making,” he told them in an update. “We are in conversation to reach out to them to have meetings about what we want to see in a successor.”
In his statement, Sharpton called the outgoing AG’s tenure “more than exemplary,” and he was “proud [but] disappointed” to hear about his resignation, initially reported earlier this year.
Sharpton hosts a nightly political talk show on MSNBC.