Texas U.S. Attorney John Bash, head of DOJ ‘unmasking’ review, resigns

In May, Attorney General Bill Barr tapped U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John Bash to lead a review of the “unmasking” of Trump associates by Obama administration officials in 2016. Before leading the review, Bash had served as the Associate Counsel to the president and was nominated by Trump to the Texas U.S. Attorney position in 2017.

Now after years in public life, Bash announced Monday that he is resigning from his position in the Department of Justice and will be moving into the private sector, Fox News reported.

Resignation announced

“This morning I submitted my resignation to the President and the Attorney General, effective Friday,” Bash tweeted Monday. “Last month I accepted a position in the private sector. It has been a great honor to serve the people of Texas as U.S. Attorney.”

Bash’s tweet included a link to an official statement from the DOJ detailing his decision to resign and his gratitude for both the opportunities he had received and the people he had worked within the department.

“Last month I accepted an offer for a position in the private sector and informed the Attorney General of my decision. I tendered formal letters of resignation to both the President and the Attorney General this morning,” Bash said.

Bash said his replacement is an “inspired choice”

In his statement, Bash said he was honored that Barr had “seen fit to entrust me with significant responsibilities and to appoint me to his Advisory Committee.”

He also praised the “over 300 attorneys and staff members” he had worked with in Texas to bring accountability and justice to “child abusers, drug-cartel leaders, gang members, bank robbers, embezzlers, fraudsters, scammers, and corrupt public officials.”

Bash praised Barr’s choice in his replacement, former Criminal Division Chief Gregg Sofer, calling him an “inspired choice.” Sofer provided Bash with “invaluable advice” in his prior role and has a “reputation as a dogged and tremendously effective prosecutor,” Bash said.

Barr grateful for Bash’s work

In a statement from the attorney general about Bash’s resignation, Barr said, “I offer my gratitude to John Bash for his service as United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Since 2017, John has successfully led one of the largest U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country,” Fox News reported.

“John has made significant contributions to the Department of Justice, including his service on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. I appreciate his service to our nation and to the Justice Department, and I wish him the very best,” Barr added.

As noted by Fox News, it is unclear at this time what Bash’s resignation means in terms of the unmasking review and whether that review will be continued by Sofer.

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