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Attorney General William Barr Steps Down From Position

As the 2020 Election reaches its conclusion, President Donald Trump has announced Attorney General William Barr will be stepping down from his position next week.

“Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House,” Trump Tweeted out. “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 continued. 

According to a White House official, Barr “resigned on his own accord” and “wasn’t pushed out or forced to resign,” despite recent clashes between him and Trump. In October, Trump expressed he was “not happy” with the Justice Departments’ conclusions that the Obama administration was innocent of any wrongdoing with no criminal charges.  Over the weekend, Trump criticized Barr over reports that Barr instructed officials to hide investigations into Hunter Biden in the weeks leading up to the election.

Trump has named Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen as acting attorney general to serve in the waning days of his Presidency. President-elect Joe Biden, who will be sworn in on January 20th, has yet to announce his bid for Attorney General, though names such as New York governor Andrew Cuomo, federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and former Alabama Senator Doug Jones have been floated as potential candidates.

“I appreciate the opportunity to update you this afternoon on the Department’s review of the voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election and how these allegations will continue to be pursued,” Barr wrote in a letter. “At a time when the country is so deeply divided, it is incumbent on all levels of government, and all agencies acting within their purview, to do all we can to assure the integrity of elections and promote public confidence in their outcome.”

“I am greatly honored that you called on me to serve your Administration and the American people once again as Attorney General,” Barr continued. “I am proud to have played a role in the many successes and unprecedented achievements you have delivered for the American people. Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance. Your 2016 victory speech in which you reached out to your opponents and called for working together for the benefit of the American people was immediately met be a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds. The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your Administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia.”

“Few could have weathered these attacks, much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country,” Barr continued. “You built the strongest and most resilient economy in American history — one that has brought unprecedented progress to those previously left out. You have restored American military strength. By brokering historic peace deals in the Mideast you have achieved what most thought impossible. You have curbed illegal immigration and enhanced the security of our nation’s borders. You have advanced the rule of law by appointing a record number of judges committed to constitutional principles. With Operation Warp Speed, you delivered a vaccine for coronavirus on a schedule no one thought conceivable — a feat that will undoubtedly save millions of lives.”

“As discussed, I will spend the next week wrapping up a few remaining matters important to the Administration and depart on December 23rd,” the letter concluded. “Wishing you, Melania, and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed Holiday Season. God Bless.”

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