Attorney General William Barr to resign, Trump tweets

“Our relationship has been a very good one,” the president tweeted.

December 14, 2020, 11:34 PM

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“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 tweeted.

Trump mentioned Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will turn into Acting Attorney General after Barr departs on Dec. 23. Richard Donoghue will turn into Deputy Attorney General, the president tweeted.

In his resignation letter, nevertheless, Barr praised the president and mentioned Trump was the sufferer of fixed partisan assaults.

“I am greatly honored that you called on me to serve your Administration and the American people once again as Attorney General,” Barr wrote within the letter. “Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance.”

Barr’s letter additionally praised Trump for his dealing with of the COVID-19 vaccine, border safety, and China.

The announcement follows information final week that Barr intentionally sought to stop any public disclosure throughout the presidential election of a federal investigation into potential tax violations by President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

Sources accustomed to the matter advised ABC News that the investigation, which was initiated within the U.S. legal professional’s workplace in Delaware in 2018, was placed on pause because the Democratic primaries and normal election campaigns performed out — consistent with a longstanding Justice Department coverage meant to stop overt investigative actions that may affect elections.

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