U.S. Attorney General William Barr will resign from his post in the coming days. The announcement was made by President Donald Trump himself.
On Twitter, President Trump communicated on Monday, Dec. 14, Barr’s departure from his administration, sharing Barr’s letter of resignation. He will leave on Dec. 23.
Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
The president said he had a “very nice” meeting with the attorney general at the White House, that the relationship has been “very good” and that his work has been “excellent.”
Barr is the second attorney general during the Trump administration. He has been in office since February 2019, but major disagreements between him and President Trump have developed in recent weeks.
Over the weekend, President Trump berated Barr for failing to announce before the election that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had launched a federal investigation into Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for his business relations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and countries around the world.
“A big disappointment!,” he wrote on Twitter Saturday.
Also, weeks ago, despite the vast amount of evidence presented by the Trump campaign legal team about fraud and irregularities, Barr said the DOJ had found no evidence of widespread election fraud.
However, in his letter of resignation, Barr stated that DOJ continues to investigate allegations of election fraud during the Nov. 3 election.
“I am greatly honored that you called on me to serve your administration and the American people once again as attorney general,” Barr added.
He added that President Trump was able to deal with “baseless accusations” that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. “Few could have weathered these attacks … much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country,” said Barr.
“The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your administration with the frenzied” accusations about Russia, Barr explained.
Barr also highlighted President Trump’s record against the CCP human rights abuses, as well as the president’s actions against Mexican drug cartels.
Barr’s departure follows a series of changes in the Trump administration in recent weeks, such as that of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who was replaced by Christopher C. Miller.
President Trump announced that Assistant Attorney General Jeff Rosen, whom he described as a “leading figure,” will become acting attorney general. Richard Donoghue, a “highly respected” official, will assume the duties of deputy attorney general.