“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!” Trump said in a series of tweets on Monday, sharing a copy of Barr’s resignation letter while adding: “Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.”
In his parting letter, Barr hailed the Trump administration for “unprecedented achievements” in the face of “relentless, implacable resistance,” blasting the president’s critics for a “partisan onslaught” and “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 wrote, pointing to “peace deals in the Mideast,” curbing illegal immigration and the federal vaccine initiative, Operation Warp Speed.
Barr’s departure comes as President Trump has voiced increasing frustration with the AG, suggesting he has not done enough to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential race, nor allegations of corruption in the foreign business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
Though Barr was previously seen as one of the president’s closest allies, on Saturday Trump said he had been a “big disappointment” over his handling of the Hunter Biden case, adding elsewhere that the AG “perhaps knew of the corruption” as far back as last year.
While Trump has repeatedly alleged endemic fraud in the November election, with his campaign and Republican allies launching dozens of lawsuits across key swing states aiming to contest the results, Barr has declined to endorse those claims, telling the Associated Press earlier this month that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
The Electoral College was not set to certify a winner in the race for well over a month after election day, compelled by law to leave time after the contest to hash out possible disputes over the result. But despite continued charges of fraud from President Trump, the body voted to officially designate Biden as president-elect on Monday, paving the path to his inauguration on January 20.
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