Attorney General William Barr will resign effective Dec. 23, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Monday evening.
Trump said that he had “a very nice meeting” with Barr at the White House, declaring, “Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!”
Barr, who wrote a letter announcing his exit before Trump leaves office in January, had been one of Trump’s most loyal appointees. The letter praised Trump at length, and claimed the president overcame unfair attacks including “baseless accusations of collusion with Russia” to rebuild the economy and military and “advance the rule of law.”
…Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all! pic.twitter.com/V5sqOJT9PM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
But Barr recently announced that the Justice Department had not uncovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud, a statement in direct conflict with Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.
The announcement from Trump came just minutes after Joe Biden cleared the 270-electoral-vote mark to formalize his presidential victory with California’s 55 votes.
Trump said that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, “an outstanding person,” will become acting attorney general, while “highly respected” Richard Donoghue will take over as deputy.
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