The U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, announced that he would resign next week, ending a tenure in which the loyalist Trump carried the “law and order” message of the administration, but eventually delivered Trump the most convincing blow when he publicly rebutted Trump’s allegations that the 2020 election was illegitimate.
Trump’s announcement of Barr’s departure on Twitter comes after President-elect Joe Biden was put over the 270 votes required to officially win the presidency by the Electoral College vote.
Since Barr’s admission that there was no systemic fraud in the 2020 election, Trump said they had an amicable relationship, amid escalating tensions between Trump and Barr.
“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 the letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family,” Trump tweeted, revealing the news.
“Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an exceptional person, would become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you all!”
Despite Trump’s upbeat tweet, according to sources, he was strongly considering firing his attorney general.
Supporters have prevented Trump from shooting Barr for the past few months. By boasting about his very good relationship with him the President appeared to find a compromise method of seeing Barr out.
On Monday, December 14, in an interview on Fox News, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Trump had been irritated with Barr in recent days.
Barr claimed in his letter of resignation that claims of voter fraud will continue to be investigated and thanked the President for persisting in spite of persistent political opposition.
“Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance,” Barr wrote.
No strategy was out of bounds, no matter how abusive and deceitful,”No tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds,”
“The nadir of this campaign was the attempt to cripple, if not oust, your administration with frantic and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia.”
For how he repeatedly prioritized Trump’s political agendas, Barr will be remembered.
He presented a misleading description of the report of Robert Mueller’s special counsel, effectively cleaning up Trump in the Russia investigation, and supporting the President going into Election Day.
In order to begin investigating one of Trump’s long-standing claims that intelligence and law enforcement broke the law in investigating the 2016 Trump campaign, he named a special counsel.
He also ordered his prosecutors to deny charges against Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, who has since been pardoned by the President.
But the former attorney general’s decision to rebuke the President’s unfounded allegations of systematic fraud in his loss to Democrat Joe Biden was a final failure of Trump’s often fruitful attempt to arm the Department of Justice.
In an interview on December 1, Barr told the Associated Press that the Justice Department had found no such proof of systematic fraud in the November 2020 election.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” he said.