KEY POINTS

  • Barr will resign as attorney general next week
  • He will be replaced by deputy attorney general Jeffrey Rosen
  • Barr sparred with Trump in recent weeks over voter fraud allegations

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, an outspoken advocate of conservative views and a staunch Trump loyalist, will resign from his position days before Christmas.staunch

President Donald Trump announced the news in a tweet Monday afternoon just moments after President-elect Joe Biden formally topped the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the 2020 election, according to CNN. Trump's tweet was amiable despite recent tensions between him 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!” Trump wrote on Twitter.  “As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.” 

In the past few weeks, the president sparred with Barr after the attorney general acknowledged that an investigation by the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election. 

Trump also had accused the attorney general of disloyalty when he refused to publicly disclose an active investigation into Hunter Biden — Joe Biden’s son — during the presidential race, The New York Times reported.  

“Why didn’t Bill Barr reveal the truth to the public, before the Election, about Hunter Biden. Joe was lying on the debate stage that nothing was wrong, or going on - Press confirmed. Big disadvantage for Republicans at the polls!” Trump wrote in a tweet. 

In Barr’s resignation letter, he revealed that the Justice Department will “continue to pursue” voter fraud allegations. A department spokeswoman refused to share any information about the investigation.  

“I appreciate the opportunity to update you this afternoon on the Department’s review of voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election and how these allegations will continue to be pursued,” Barr wrote. 

“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 added. 

Barr is set to be replaced by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, making him the fifth attorney general under Trump’s tenure. Rosen previously served as deputy transportation secretary from 2017 through 2019.

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