United States Attorney General William Barr has resigned from his post in the Trump administration after he dismissed claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
The announcement, as one could have anticipated, was made via Twitter, after Trump tweeted about Barr’s resignation, but with a surprisingly humble, amicable tone.
“Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House,” he tweeted, along with a copy of Barr’s resignation letter. “Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!”
Barr’s departure is largely ceremonial, because Joe Biden’s election victory was confirmed by the electoral college, one of the final steps required for him to take office, and the Trump administration will officially come to an end on January – he is merely cutting ties less than a month in advance.
In his resignation letter, Barr said that he “appreciated the opportunity to update” the president on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) review of voter fraud allegations in the recent election and “how these allegations will continue to be pursued”.
He did not give more details about the review, and praised Mr Trump’s achievements in office before ending the letter by saying he will depart from his position on 23 December.
But it does represent something akin to the end of the line for Donald Trump, who continues to insist that the elections were “rigged” and make preposterous legal challenges to the results. Barr was arguably Trump’s staunchest ally and chief enabler ever since taking over in the role from Jeff Sessions, who was dismissed after he recused himself from the Mueller investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential elections.
Barr’s pending resignation has been an open secret ever since he first announced that he had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, so the real story here is not even his departure, but the amicable nature of it, especially after Trump denounced Barr last week because he did not publicly reveal that Hunter Biden, the President-elect’s son, was being investigated by the Department of Justice – which Trump believes gave him a “big disadvantage” at the polls.