Rev. Al Sharpton claims he is advising White House in search for new Attorney General

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Reverend Al Sharpton attends the Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Christian leaders from across the country join Obama at the breakfast to pray and reflect on Holy Week and Easter. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network (NAN) national convention on April 8, 2015 in New York City. Sharpton founded NAN in 1991; the convention hosted various politicians, organizers and religious leaders to talk about the nation's most pressing issues. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SELMA, AL - MARCH 07: Al Sharpton attends 50th Anniversary Of Selma March For African American Voting Rights on March 7, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Photo by Nicole Craine/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: At NBC headquarters, Reverend Al Sharpton records his daily TV show called Politics Nation on Friday, January 30, 2015, in New York, NY. Sharpton has become a fixture of the American news cycle. He has a national radio show, a nightly TV show, a nonprofit social justice organization with active chapters in 38 states and a dozen visits each year to the White House. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (L2), father of slain teenager Michael Brown Jr., and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (R2) speak to the crowd during Peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life and the Trayvon Martin Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri on August 24, 2014. The festival is held in support for the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old unarmed teenager shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. (Photo by Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (L), father of slain teenager Michael Brown Jr., and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (R) speak to the crowd during Peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life and the Trayvon Martin Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri on August 24, 2014. The festival is held in support for the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old unarmed teenager shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. (Photo by Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (centerL), father of slain teenager Michael Brown Jr., and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (centerR) speak to the crowd during Peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life and the Trayvon Martin Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri on August 24, 2014. The festival is held in support for the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old unarmed teenager shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. (Photo by Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (L3), father of slain teenager Michael Brown Jr. and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (C) speak to the crowd during Peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life and the Trayvon Martin Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri on August 24, 2014. The festival is held in support for the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old unarmed teenager shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. (Photo by Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (R2), father of slain teenager Michael Brown Jr., and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (R) speak to the crowd during Peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life and the Trayvon Martin Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri on August 24, 2014. The festival is held in support for the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old unarmed teenager shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. (Photo by Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (R2), father of slain teenager Michael Brown Jr., and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (R) speak to the crowd during Peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life and the Trayvon Martin Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri on August 24, 2014. The festival is held in support for the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old unarmed teenager shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. (Photo by Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The Reverend Al Sharpton (C), speaks to the crowd during a Peacefest, a festival hosted by Better Family Life and the Trayvon Martin Foundation, in St. Louis, Missouri on August 24, 2014 in support for the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old teenager shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. AFP PHOTO / Michael B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 24: In unison, a concert crowd raises their hands as they chant 'Hands down, don't shoot' as Lesley McSpadden, accompanied by family, her attorney Benjamin Crump, and the Reverend Al Sharpton, appears before a concert crowd in honor of her son at PeaceFest 2014 at Forest Park on Sunday, August 24, 2014, in St. Louis, MO. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male, was fatally gunned down by a White police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 24: Lesley McSpadden, accompanied by family, her attorney Benjamin Crump, and the Reverend Al Sharpton, sheds a tear as she raises her hands as the crowd yells 'hands up, don't shoot' as she appears before a concert crowd in honor of her son at PeaceFest 2014 at Forest Park on Sunday, August 24, 2014, in St. Louis, MO. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male, was fatally gunned down by a White police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (L) and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton speak at Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Brown is the father of Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Michael will be buried tomorrow. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 24: Michael Brown Sr. (L) and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (2nd from left) hold up their hands as attorny Benjamin Crump (R) speaks at Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Brown is the father of Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Michael will be buried tomorrow. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 24: Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton attends Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Sharpton will deliver the eulogy tomorrow at the funeral of Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: President and founder of the National Action Network Reverend Al Sharpton speaks on day 1 of the National Action Network 2015 Convention at Sheraton New York Times Square on April 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a press conference denouncing the shooting deaths of two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers at the National Action Network on December 21, 2014 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The press conference follows the execution style shooting of officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on December 20, 2014 where the suspect was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Photo by Michael Graae/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Controversial civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton says he is helping the White House pick the next U.S. attorney general.

Sharpton made the claim in a press release on his National Action Network's website in the hours after it was reported U.S. AG Eric Holder is stepping down.

"We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder," said Sharpton.

Reactions on Twitter ranged from one person asking: "is this a sick joke?" To another person saying only "speechless."

Sharpton was quick to praise Holder's work in calling him "the best Attorney General on civil rights in U.S. history."

Holder was the first African-American AG in the country's history. He was one of President Barack Obama's original appointees and has held down the fourth-longest tenure in history.

But the MSNBC host also criticized his handling of Guantanamo Bay and asked that the Justice Department take a more active role in both the investigation into the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown and the chokehold death of Staten Island father Eric Garner.

"We will aggressively pursue the Justice Department's involvement in dealing with these matters in his remaining days and in the days ahead of his successor."

The White House has not commented on the extent of Sharpton's involvement.
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