Holder undecided on staying on as Obama's attorney general

Eric Holder served in the Justice Department's No.2 position under President Bill Clinton before being appointed attorney general in 2009.

BALTIMORE, Maryland - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday he has not decided whether to stay on as the chief U.S. law enforcement officer in President Barack Obama's second term.

Holder, speaking to law students at the University of Baltimore, said he still must speak with Obama and with his own family and ask himself, "Do I have some gas left in the tank?"

"That's something that I'm in the process now of trying to determine," he said.

Several other Obama Cabinet members, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, are also weighing whether the start of Obama's second term in January is the right time to leave the administration. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she intends to leave.

Holder served in the Justice Department's No. 2 position under President Bill Clinton, and Obama appointed him attorney general in 2009.

It is rare for an attorney general to serve more than four years, and Republicans have already tried to oust Holder after a botched operation called "Fast and Furious" that targeted gun trafficking along the United States-Mexico border.

But there is no obvious rush for Holder to leave. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives said a congressional inquiry into Fast and Furious was political, and the Justice Department's inspector general cleared Holder of any wrongdoing.

(Reporting by David Ingram)