December 15th, 2020
Attorney General Barr to resign before Christmas, Trump tweets; Barr praises Trump in resignation letter
President Donald Trump, in a tweet on Monday evening, confirmed that Attorney General William Barr would resign from the Justice Department before Christmas.Barr’s resignation right before the end of Trump’s term caused some on the left to warn of a “five-alarm fire” in the closing weeks of the Trump administartion. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said that Barr leaving was making way for “the next series of wrongful events” overseen by Trump’s next Acting Attorney General. Some see Barr’s exit as Trump’s final attempt to open investigations and wreck havoc.
"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," Trump’s tweet read.This is a vastly different tone for President Trump. Trump has repeatedly claimed that there was a considerable election fraud scheme that cost him the election and that Barr wasn’t doing enough to investigate it. In fact, Trump and his press secretary refused to even say if the president had confidence in the Attorney General and reports state that Trump and Barr had a “contentious” meeting recently.
Trump also informed that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become Acting Attorney General after Barr, and Richard Donoghue will become Deputy Attorney General.Rosen’s short tenure is sure to be controversial. It is likely that President Trump will issue many pardons and will likely continue to harp on his unfounded claims of election fraud in the final weeks of his term. It remains to be seen how Rosen feels about Trump’s requests and cosnpiracy theories. He will have the power to open multiple investigations to please the White House.
Trump tweeted a copy of Barr’s resignation letter as well.
Trump lately has expressed frustration over the Justice Department failing to bring charges against his political enemies.Also, Trump wasn’t happy with Barr’s recent announcement that the Justice Department hasn’t uncovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Trump later accused Barr of not looking “very hard” and said “He hasn’t done anything, so he hasn’t looked".
Barr, however, praised Trump in his resignation letter.“Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance,” Barr wrote to Trump.Barr also praised the president for his handling of China, COVID-19 vaccine, and border security.