The possibility that Attorney General William Barr could resign before the inauguration of the nation’s next president is being reported as tensions mount over his inaction on election fraud.
The nation’s top law enforcement official has fallen into disfavor with President Trump for his invisibility during the greatest crisis in the history of the republic, an election rife with blatant fraud.
Barr has also faced criticism that he has never been what he presented himself as but rather a pedigreed deep state fixer who was brought in to run out the clock on the Trump administration by gumming up the works on the Russiagate investigation.
Now according to the New York Times, Barr is eyeing the exit in the coming weeks and when he goes, will have been a greater disappointment than his predecessor, the often clueless Jeff Sessions who recused himself from all things related to Russia right after he was sworn in.
Attorney General William Barr may step down before President Trump’s term ends next month. https://t.co/bE5Y6JIBAl
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 6, 2020
Via The Hill, “Barr considering stepping down before Trump’s term ends: NYT”:
Attorney General William Barr is considering stepping down before President Trump’s term ends in January, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing three sources familiar with the situation.
Barr may hand in his resignation before the end of the year, one source told the Times.
The attorney general has generally backed Trump throughout his tenure but said last week that the Justice Department had not found any evidence of widespread voter fraud, a claim Trump has repeatedly and baselessly made.
Responding to questions about whether Barr’s decision may be influenced by Trump’s refusal to concede the election, one source told the Times that the attorney general’s decision was not affected by Trump and that he had begun considering his departure a week before announcing his department’s lack of findings.
During an interview with The Associated Press last week, Barr said the Justice Department has “not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Last week, a reporter asked Trump if he still had confidence in Barr, and Trump replied, “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now.”
Granted that it is the New York Times, the nation’s biggest purveyor of fake news outside of CNN but there is no denying that Barr has fallen out of favor with his boss.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) December 4, 2020
More from the NYT:
It was not clear whether the attorney general’s deliberations were influenced by Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede his election loss or his fury over Mr. Barr’s acknowledgment last week that the Justice Department uncovered no widespread voting fraud. In the ensuing days, the president refused to say whether he still had confidence in his attorney general.
One of the people insisted that Mr. Barr had been weighing his departure since before last week and that Mr. Trump had not affected the attorney general’s thinking. Another said Mr. Barr had concluded that he had completed the work that he set out to accomplish at the Justice Department.
But the president’s public complaints about the election, including a baseless allegation earlier last week that federal law enforcement had rigged the election against him, are certain to cast a cloud over any early departure by Mr. Barr. By leaving early, Mr. Barr could avoid a confrontation with the president over his refusal to advance Mr. Trump’s efforts to rewrite the election results.
Mr. Barr’s departure would also deprive the president of a cabinet officer who has wielded the power of the Justice Department more deeply in service of a president’s political agenda than any attorney general in a half-century. Conversely, it would please some Trump allies, who have called for Mr. Barr to step down over his refusal to wade further into Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the election outcome.
Mr. Barr has not made a final decision, and the prospect of him staying on through Jan. 20 remains a possibility, the people familiar with his thinking cautioned.
The Times report is based on the usual anonymous sources and should be viewed with the skepticism that stories that do not come with a name attached to leaks deserve.
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