William Barr is resigning, will leave before Christmas

Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas
Attorney General William Barr. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump said Attorney General William Barr, one of Mr Trump’s staunchest allies, is resigning. The news of his resignation came amid lingering tension over President Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son.

On Monday, Barr went to the White House, where Trump said the attorney general submitted his letter of resignation.

Trump tweeted: “As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.”

Earlier this month, Trump has publicly expressed his anger about Barr’s statement to The Associated Press that the Justice Department had found no widespread voter fraud that would change the result of the election. Trump has also been angry that the Justice Department did not publicly announce it was investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden ahead of the election, despite department policy against such a pronouncement.

The Attorney General, one of the closest alies of Mr Trump, told the AP that FBI agents and US attorneys have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they have received, but “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

His resignation leaves President Trump without a critical ally as he winds down his final weeks in office, and it throws into question open Justice Department investigations, especially the probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes.

William Barr said in his resignation letter that he updated the president on Monday on the department’s “review of voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election and how these allegations will continue to be pursued.” He added that his last day on the job would be Dec. 23.

Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, whom Trump labeled “an outstanding person,” will become acting attorney general.

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