As President Donald Trump and his lawyers continue to attempt to prove allegations of widespread voter and ballot fraud in the 2020 elections, one top member of Trump’s administration has decided it would be best to throw in the proverbial towel before his time is up.
According to CNBC, President Trump announced Monday that U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr will be leaving his post as the head of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) “just before Christmas.”
The announcement came shortly after the Electoral College certified former Vice President Joe Biden as America’s new president-elect with a vote in all 50 states on Monday, CBS News reported.
Barr’s resignation letter, first shared in a tweet by the president, had nothing but pleasant things to say about Trump and his administration.
“Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance,” Barr wrote of Trump, according to CNBC. “Few could have weathered these attacks, much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country.”
However, the president’s relationship with Barr in the tumultuous weeks in the wake of the 2020 election hasn’t exactly been peaches and cream. As CNBC notes, Trump has slammed the AG on a number of occasions — mostly on Twitter — for not taking a more active role in helping the Trump campaign wage their election-related legal battle.
Adding to the tensions between the two was a recent bombshell announcement by Barr that the DOJ had not found evidence of “widespread” voter and ballot fraud in the 2020 election, as CNBC reported. Barr’s remarks were seen at the time as a direct contradiction to weeks of claims made by Trump and his allies about a “rigged” election.
A joint statement from Trump attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani soon after took a jab at Barr, claiming “his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud,” according to CNBC.
Still, Trump had kind words for his soon-to-be ex-attorney general when announcing the resignation Monday, pointing out in a pair of tweets that Barr did an “outstanding job” at the DOJ and making sure that people knew that his relationship with Barr was “very good,” despite weeks of increasing tensions, according to The Hill.
Jeffrey Rosen, the current deputy attorney general, will fill the role of the acting attorney general, Trump said.
The president praised Rosen as an “outstanding” person.
…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