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Eric Holder To Take Pay Cut If DOJ Employees Are Furloughed

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Eric Holder, who described himself as the
Eric Holder, who described himself as the "president's wingman," plans to take a pay cut. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder will take a symbolic pay cut if Justice Department employees are furloughed as a result of sequestration, a spokesperson said Thursday. The announcement came after Holder said on a radio show that he'd consider taking a pay cut if any DOJ employees were furloughed.

"Should it come to pass, the Attorney General intends to take a pay cut equivalent to the maximum amount any Justice Department employee has to take as a result of the sequestration, which is up to 14 days this fiscal year, so that those funds can go back into the Treasury," a Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "The Attorney General is working hard to minimize the possibility that any Justice Department employee has his or her salary impacted this fiscal year."

The news of a possible DOJ furlough was first reported by Time.

Some reports suggested Holder would stick around for about a year into President Barack Obama's second term, but the attorney general hasn't specified his plans. Holder brushed off a question Thursday morning on how long he planned to stay on.

"I don't know, we'll see," Holder said on the Tom Joyner radio show when asked whether he would remain in the post. "I'm happy, I'm still enjoying what I'm doing, there's still work to be done. I'm still the president's wingman, so I'm there with my boy. So we'll see, we'll see."

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