On Twitter: Surprise at Holder's resignation - and at who broke the news

NPR got the scoop Thursday morning that Attorney General Eric Holder will step down. The White House has scheduled a press conference for this afternoon.

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his resignation on Thursday afternoon, National Public Radio reported first on Thursday morning.

Holder, the first African-American to hold the role, will stay on until a replacement is confirmed, according to NPR, which cited two sources familiar with the decision. He is the fourth-longest-tenured AG and one of the longest-serving members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, closing in on six years in office.

A source told NPR that "Holder has been increasingly adamant about his desire to leave." The outlet described his time in office as "tumultuous," citing "civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system, and five and a half years of fights with Republicans in Congress."

The White House has scheduled a press conference for 4:30 pm EST, at which time Obama will presumably announce Holder’s resignation.

Buzz on Twitter was a mixture of surprise over Holder’s resignation – some who were scooped declared they "saw this coming" – but also at the original source of the news and its exclusivity.

Holder’s resignation follows that of former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in April, months after the disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov, and former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who stepped down in May and has since landed a role at CNN.

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