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  • **FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

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Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, seen in 2008, gained a reputation for independence while handling tough issues during the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

    Inspector general leaves after 10 years

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