Attorney General Bill Barr resigns, praises Trump for “unprecedented achievements”

by Peter Heck · Dec 15th, 2020 9:10 am

Last Updated Dec 17th, 2020 at 11:53 am

President Trump announced the resignation of Attorney General Bill Barr on Twitter Monday, posting Barr's departure letter that featured a litany of compliments of Trump from the country's chief legal officer. The president announced that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will take over once Barr departs, which will be sometime next week.

In his letter, Barr noted the "unprecedented achievements" Trump has delivered for the American people even in the face of "relentless, implacable resistance."

"The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your Administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia," Barr wrote. "Few have weathered these attacks, much less forged ahead with a positive program for the country."

Successes that Barr chronicled in his letter included:

  • Having "restored American military strength"
  • "Brokering historic peace deals in the Mideast"
  • "Curb[ing] illegal immigration and enhanced the security of our nation's borders"
  • "Advanc[ing] the rule of law" through constitutionalist judicial appointments
  • "Deliver[ing] a vaccine for coronavirus on a schedule no one thought conceivable"

Having said earlier this month that his Justice Department was yet to find any widespread evidence of voter fraud, particularly of a nature that could overturn the apparent election results, Barr offered a cautionary warning about any continued resentment and unsettled feelings about the outcome.

"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," Barr said.

According to the current announced timeline, Barr will officially vacate his office on December 23.


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