(CNN) - Sources close to Attorney General Eric Holder say he plans to stay in office well into 2014, at the request of the President.
Holder has been bruised and battered by Republicans who made him the first-ever sitting cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress.
He's been knocked around in behind-the-scenes White House battles with some of President Obama's top advisers.
But more than 1,700 days after being the first black man sworn in as Attorney General, Holder has defied expectations that he was on his way out.
He's changed his mind before.
This past summer, he and the President spent time together during their vacation at Martha's Vineyard.
Sources say Holder was considering leaving later this year, but the President asked him to stay as long as he could.
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