Throughout President Trump’s time in office, his relationship with Attorney General Bill Barr has been a rocky, turbulent affair.
The two seemed at first to be a match made in heaven. Barr expressed the same concerns about the “deep state” that Donald Trump did, and it truly did appear that the Barr-Trump team could soon be taking the Washington establishment out back of the woodshed in short order.
But there have been some hiccups as well, especially recently, as Barr publicly admitted that the DOJ had not seen sufficient evidence of voter fraud that would overturn the results of the 2020 election. This flew in the face of President Trump’s insistence that he had the race “stolen” from him.
Now, with only a few weeks left before Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated, there are rumors that Bill Barr could be making a rather large move.
Attorney General William Barr has told associates in recent weeks that he may leave his post before the Trump administration ends next month, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Barr, in his second stint as the nation’s top law enforcement official, has been the target of growing criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters – public attacks that intensified in recent days after the attorney general said the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud that could affect the outcome of the presidential contest. But people close to the attorney general, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said Barr’s contemplation of resigning before Jan. 20 predates that fresh burst of criticism from the right.
Barr first broached the topic with associates shortly after Election Day, when it became clear that former vice president Joe Biden had won, according to one person familiar with the conversation. Before the election, Barr had told friends that if Trump won, he would like to stay on as attorney general for some time in the second term.
While some have insisted that Barr could find himself fired, others who are considered “in the know” have indicated that Barr has expressed to them the possibility of a resignation.
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