On Monday evening, President Trump announced that Attorney General William Barr has submitted his letter of resignation.
According to the Associated Press, Trump announced Barr’s resignation on Twitter following a meeting at the White House.
“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!” the president tweeted. “As per [the] letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.”
...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
Barr, who was appointed as attorney general in February 2019, thanked the president for being granted the opportunity to serve under his administration. He commended Trump for many of his first-term accomplishments, including economic growth, restoring the military, and most recently, being able to release a vaccine for COVID-19 through Operation Warp Speed.
Barr noted that he will spend the next week “wrapping up a few remaining matters” important to the Trump administration before his official departure on Dec. 23rd.
Trump announced that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will serve as Acting Attorney General while Richard Donoghue will become Deputy Attorney General.
Barr, who has been an ardent supporter of the president, had recently come under fire from Trump and his legal team after saying that the Justice Department had yet to see sufficient evidence of voter fraud that would have overturned the 2020 election results.
On Saturday, Trump criticized Barr for not disclosing a federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings prior to the election, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“A big disappointment!” Trump tweeted in response to the news.
A big disappointment! https://t.co/esmB5HrJlH— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
“IF Biden gets in, nothing will happen to Hunter or Joe,” he warned. “Barr will do nothing, and the new group of partisan killers coming in will quickly kill it all. Same thing with Durham. We caught them cold, spying, treason & more (the hard part), but “Justice” took too long. Will be DOA!”
IF Biden gets in, nothing will happen to Hunter or Joe. Barr will do nothing, and the new group of partisan killers coming in will quickly kill it all. Same thing with Durham. We caught them cold, spying, treason & more (the hard part), but “Justice” took too long. Will be DOA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
Barr, however, told Trump in the resignation letter on Monday that voter fraud allegations “will continue to be pursued” by the DOJ.
“At a time when the country is so deeply divided, it is incumbent on all levels of government, and all agencies acting within their purview, to do all we can to assure the integrity of elections and promote public confidence in their outcome,” he asserted.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.