He had to be reminded, but President Obama gave his vote of confidence Thursday to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
At a rainy press conference in the White House Rose Garden, a reporter asked if the president still has confidence in Mr. Holder, whose department raised First Amendment issues by seizing the phone records of the Associated Press in a probe into leaks of classified information.
Mr. Obama gave a lengthy answer to another question before being reminded by the reporter to declare whether he still supports Mr. Holder.
“I have complete confidence in Eric Holder as attorney general,” Mr. Obama said. “He’s an outstanding attorney general and does his job with integrity, and I expect he will continue to do so.”