Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder shocked the nation with his sudden announcement that he was leaving his position with the White House.

Now, reports are citing his health as the reason for his departure. 

From Daily Mail:

Attorney General Eric Holder’s abrupt announcement that he intends to leave the Obama administration as soon as the president is able to find someone to take over for him was initiated by his doctor wife’s concerns about his health, a news report revealed on Thursday.

Holder was rushed in an ambulance to a Washington, D.C. hospital in February after feeling faint and having a shortness of breath. 

Doctors gave the Justice Department official the OK to return to work, but soon after the incident, rumors began swirling that Holder could leave the Obama administration before the end of the year.

Politico Magazine reported on Thursday that ‘under pressure’ from his wife, Sharon Malone, an obstetrician and gynecologist, Holder decided to make the jump now before Republicans potentially take over the Senate in the Midterm elections and make it too difficult for the president to replace him.

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According to sources, Holder thought about leaving early in tenure, at the height of a gun-walking scandal in 2012 and again last summer, but did not want to leave on a sour note.

No word on what Holder will do next in terms of his professional career.

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