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Barr stepping down next week

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/14/20, 07:06 pm

In a letter on Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr praised President Donald Trump for improving the country’s economy, courts, and military, then said he would leave his job on Dec. 23.

Why is Barr leaving? His written resignation gave no indication of his reason for stepping away with a month left in the Trump administration. In recent weeks, the president criticized Barr publicly for saying the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could have affected the presidential election’s results. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will replace Barr as acting attorney general, Trump tweeted.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on Barr’s announcement of the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 09:33 am

    He's leaving as a class act. It's clear he is being pushed out, and it's also clear why he's being pushed out. He could take this opportunity to vent--and nobody would blame him if he did--but he is not. 

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 10:45 am

    I think Barr's praise for President Trump's accomplishments is authentic, and I believe he is sickened by the vitriol from the left, but in his role as AG he felt he had to scrupulously avoid any appearance of putting out information that might sway the election.  He may or may not be right, but it's sad that the American people didn't get a chance to see that concerns about the Biden family's dealings are truly valid and have actually been under investigation for a while.

  • GJ
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 12:35 pm

    If Barr knew about Biden family's alleged corruption prior to election, why did he not say anything?