Washington – Attorney General William Barr informed President Trump on Monday that he was leaving the administration, and the president tweeted a copy of Barr’s resignation, stating that his last day would be December 23. Mr. Trump said that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen would become acting attorney. Normal.
“Just had a great meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. We have had a great relationship, they have done an excellent job! According to the letter, Bill will leave for the holidays just before Christmas! Family,” Mr. Trump Tweeted.
White House sources and the Department of Justice insist Barr was not coerced and Mr. Trump did not seek Barr’s resignation.
In his resignation letter, Barr said he was “very honored” to serve in the Trump administration. Barr included some highlights of his time at the helm of the Justice Department, including efforts to counter Violent crime and drug cartels Mexico, but he did not mention the direct election or the Muller Report, two of the most controversial incidents of his tenure.
The two-time attorney general, addressing the Russia investigation, said Mr. Trump’s political opponents chaired him a “partisan attack”.
“No tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds,” Barr said. “This campaign was an attempt at nadir disability, if not removed, your administration with frenzied and unfounded allegations of collusion with Russia.”
Barr was received as an expectation after Mr Trump publicly fired his predecessor, Jeff Sessions. But Barr’s term faced scrutiny for his broad views of executive power and his support of the president.Peaceful protesters at Lafayette Plaza in June .
Barr has long been considered a defender of Mr. Trump, with Congressional Democrats claiming that he was elected to serve as a presidential defender and to do his personal bidding. In its 21-month tenure, heading up the law enforcement agency, the Justice Department has ranked Democrats and even their own federal prosecutors with their actions in the cases of Mr. Trump’s close associates.
But relations soured in the weeks following the presidential election when Barr told The Associated Press that federal investigators had not found evidence of widespread manipulation of votes that Mr. Trump has alleged.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could affect a different outcome in an election,” Barre told AP on 1 December.
Mr. Trump was also unhappy with Burr’s role in not disclosing the federal investigation into Hunter Biden. Last week, President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team revealed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware was investigating the “tax affairs” of Mr. Biden’s son Hunter. The investigation was set to begin in 2018, but two sources told CBS News that the investigation moved quietly during the election season to avoid an “election” that could affect the presidential election.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that it took steps to prevent Barr from going public during the campaign. Taken to president Twitter on saturday Regarding Hunter Biden, Bill Burr did not reveal the truth to the public before the election, expressing dismay at those who were lying on the debate stage that nothing was wrong, or was going on – the press to be confirmed. Big loss. Republican in the election! “
Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of Mr. Trump’s closest allies in the Senate, said on Monday that he was “surprised” by Barr’s departure. Graham said he did not believe Barr was “dissatisfied” with Mr Trump.
“I think he did an incredibly good job in the Justice Department, trying to repair the damage, being fair to the law,” Graham said. “I think they’ve got a lot to be proud of.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat in New York, criticized the outgoing Attorney General for acting in many instances on behalf of Trump.
“From misleading the American public about the Muller Report to his dangerous attempts to overturn COVID safeguards, from his gross disregard for civil rights to his massive politicization of the Department of Justice, William Brar on every front But were ready to do the President’s bidding, “Nadler said in a statement. “Barr refused to play with President Trump’s preposterous claims to win the election. He is now out as Attorney General a month ago.”
In May, the Justice Department moved to drop its criminal case against former president’s national security adviser Michael Flynn, despite having twice convicted federal investigators for lying. Mr Trump waived Flynn last month after the Justice Department refused to immediately dismiss it at the request.
The top ranks of the Department of Justice also intervened in a separate case involving Roger Stone, Mr. Trump’s longtime informal adviser who had been convicted on seven charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering.
Just before Stone was sentenced in February, four federal prosecutors involved in his case abruptly rejected his initial recommendation by judicial department officials that Stone was sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. Aaron Zelinsky, one of Stone’s prosecutors who dropped from the case, told the House Judiciary Committee in June that the department intervened because of Stone’s relationship with the president and called the move “unprecedented.”
Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison, but Mr. Trump served his sentence in July before being scheduled to report to prison.
Barr has also handpicked American lawyers to pursue the FBI’s investigation into Russian mediation in the 2016 election, which was taken by special counsel Robert Muller. The investigation, which was also seen in relations between members of the Trump campaign and Russia, has long been Mr. Trump’s target, as he calls it a “hoax”, which the FBI and Justice Department officials chaired. Was imposed to weaken.
Barr announced on 1 December that he hired John Durham, a US attorney in Connecticut, to work as special counsel to investigate the FBI’s crossfire storm investigation, as well as special counsel in Russian interference in the 2016 election Robert Mureler investigated.
Durham was originally tapped by Barr in May 2019 to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation and those findings were originally projected to be released by the summer of 2020. But because of the coronovirus epidemic and “additional information” Durham discovers, the time limit was not practicable.
Barr’s order, formally appointing Durham, was signed on 19 October, a month before the Congress was informed.
“Before the presidential election, I decided to appoint Mr. Durham as a special counsel to assure him and his team that they could complete their work regardless of the outcome of the election,” Barre The Congress wrote in its letter, stating that it is providing the notice after a month, as “it was in the public interest for a toll notification given the proximity to the presidential election.”
Appointing Durham as special counsel protects him from potentially being disbanded by the Biden administration, and firing him in that capacity can only be done by the Attorney General for specific violations.
He also elected then U.S. Attorney John Bash in May to review episodes of “unmasking” by Obama administration officials before and after the 2016 presidential election. However, Bash did not find any concrete wrongdoing, the Washington Post reported in October.