- The relationship between Attorney General Barr and President Trump has cooled in recent days.
- William Barr was appointed attorney general by President Trump in early 2019, following the resignation of Jeff Sessions.
- After his interview with the AP, Barr found himself in a position similar to that of his predecessor.
United States Attorney General William Barr may be planning to step down in the next few weeks, before Joe Biden takes office as President. According to US newspapers, Attorney General Barr began to consider leaving shortly after the November 3 presidential election.
However, the criticism he has received from President Trump in the past week may have accelerated his decision.
The relationship between Attorney General Barr and President Trump has cooled in recent days, after Mr. Barr said, in an interview with the Associated Press, that his Justice Department has yet to find evidence of widespread fraud in the presidential election.
President Trump and at least two of his lawyers— Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis— have alleged at press conferences and on Twitter, that Mr. Biden’s victory was achieved by fraud in six states (Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia). Mr. Biden carried each state.
More than a month after the election, all six states concerned– and most of the rest– have already certified their election results, confirming Mr. Biden’s victory. Among the more than 40 complaints filed in court by President Trump’s lawyers and other supporters, none of them validated the complaints of the U.S. President.
William Barr was appointed attorney general by President Trump in early 2019, following the resignation of Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions, a former US Senator from Alabama who was an early supporter of Trump’s candidacy for the White House, fell out of favor in the U.S. President’s circle in the early months of 2017.
At that time, the then-attorney general surrendered oversight of investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. After months of public humiliation, with the U.S. President on several occasions saying he was sorry to have appointed him, Mr. Sessions submitted his resignation in November 2018.
The current attorney general was appointed to replace Sessions due to his opposition to investigations into suspected collusion between President Trump’s election campaign and Russia in the 2016 elections.
Furthermore, Mr. Barr was, for a long time, one of the greatest defenders of the thesis that US presidents have almost complete freedom to make decisions without being questioned by Congress and the courts.
In confirming that, in addition to the usual problems, there was no evidence of widespread fraud that would jeopardize Mr. Biden’s victory, the Attorney General found himself in a position similar to that of his predecessor.
Mr. Barr’s interview with the Associated Press was published just days after President Trump suggested, in an interview on Fox News, that the Justice Department itself and the FBI were involved in the alleged fraud.
And last Thursday, at the White House, President Trump again complained about the way his attorney general was managing the investigations.