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Report: 'Some' in WH Want Holder to Resign--Viewed 'as Politically Maladroit'

“The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time,” an unnamed Dem. tells NYTimes.

10:13 AM, Jun 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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"Some" in the White House want Eric Holder, the embattled attorney general, to step down, according to a report.

"Over the course of four and a half years, no other member of President Obama’s cabinet has been at the center of so many polarizing episodes or the target of so much criticism," reports the New York Times. "While the White House publicly backed Mr. Holder as he tried to smooth over the latest uproar amid new speculation about his future, some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish he would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit. But the latest attacks may stiffen the administration’s resistance in the near term to a change for fear of emboldening critics."

And unnamed Democrats are telling the Times that "The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time."

But that does not mitigate the frustration of some presidential aides. “The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time,” said a Democratic former government official who did not want to be identified while talking about friends.

Some advisers to Mr. Obama believe that Mr. Holder does not manage or foresee problems, the former official said. “How hard would it be to anticipate that The A.P. would be unhappy?” the former official said. “And then they haven’t defended their position.”

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