Reports have been swirling that Attorney General Bill Barr is considering resigning before President Donald Trump’s first term of office expires on January 20.
“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,” the New York Times reported.
“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. Should Mr. Barr step down before the end of the Trump administration, the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, would be expected to lead the Justice Department until President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in,” the Times report added.
However, a Justice Department official told CBS’s Catherine Herridge that Barr intends to stay as long as Trump needs him.
“NEW: A DOJ official tells @CBSNews that Attorney General Bill Barr intends to stay as long as President Trump needs him. Sunday NYTimes reported, ‘Barr Is Said to Be Weighing Whether to Leave Before Trump’s Term Ends,'” Herridge wrote.
NEW: A DOJ official tells @CBSNews that Attorney General Bill Barr intends to stay as long as President Trump needs him. Sunday NYTimes reported, “Barr Is Said to Be Weighing Whether to Leave Before Trump’s Term Ends”
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) December 7, 2020
Trump said if the DOJ actually looked at the evidence of massive voter fraud they would see it was widespread.
“This is not civil, it is criminal,” Trump said.
On whether he has confidence in Barr, Trump replied, “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now.”
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.
Barr claimed that the FBI has followed up on specific complaints of voter fraud yet they have uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome.
The Justice Department came out and clarified Bill Barr’s remarks to the Associated Press.
“Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election,” the DOJ spokesperson said. “That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”
A source told The New York Times, which also reported about Barr’s thinking, that Barr had concluded that he had completed the work he had set out to accomplish at the Justice Department.
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