WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr is resigning and will leave office on December 23rd amid mounting criticism of his performance from President Trump. Barr was not fired but may have been forced out. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney general, Trump said.
“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 Monday.
The president added: “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!”
…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
Trump recently began expressing frustration with Barr’s Justice Department for failing to bring charges against his political enemies, including Hillary Clinton, for their role in the investigation into his 2016 campaign, telling Fox News he was “not happy.”
But it was Barr’s declaration last week that the Justice Department had uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud, as repeatedly claimed by Trump, which angered the commander in chief.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the Associated Press last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Electoral College on Monday designated Joe Biden the winner of the Nov. 3 election, with California casting its 55 votes to put the former vice president over the 270 threshold needed to ensure the victory.
Biden is expected to amass 306 votes to President Trump’s 232 by the time Hawaii votes at 7 p.m. eastern time.
The president-elect will speak an hour later about the Electoral College vote.
“Now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal,” Biden will say, according to excerpts released by his transition office.
The final tally from the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be tallied at a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6.