In a move that has been rumored for weeks, Attorney General William Barr announced Monday that he will be stepping down as the head of the Justice Department before the end of the month.
“Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.
“Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!” the president continued.
In his letter to the president, Barr was effusive in his praise of Trump and cognizant of the leftist forces that worked so hard to bring down his presidency.
“I appreciate the opportunity to update you this afternoon on the Department’s review of the voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election and how these allegations will continue to be pursued,” Barr wrote. “At a time when the country is so deeply divided, it is incumbent on all levels of government, and all agencies acting within their purview, to do all we can to assure the integrity of elections and promote public confidence in their outcome.
“I am greatly honored that you called on me to serve your Administration and the American people once again as Attorney General,” Barr continued. “I am proud to have played a role in the many successes and unprecedented achievements you have delivered for the American people. Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance. Your 2016 victory speech in which you reached out to your opponents and called for working together for the benefit of the American people was immediately met be a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds. The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your Administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia.”
Barr said he remains impressed by the president’s ability to move forward with a successful agenda even in the face of these unprecedented attacks.
“Few could have weathered these attacks, much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country,” Barr wrote. “You built the strongest and most resilient economy in American history — one that has brought unprecedented progress to those previously left out. You have restored American military strength. By brokering historic peace deals in the Mideast you have achieved what most thought impossible. You have curbed illegal immigration and enhanced the security of our nation’s borders. You have advanced the rule of law by appointing a record number of judges committed to constitutional principles. With Operation Warp Speed, you delivered a vaccine for coronavirus on a schedule no one thought conceivable — a feat that will undoubtedly save millions of lives.”
Barr did not exactly endear himself to Trump supporters with his actions (or lack thereof) in the second half of 2020, but his record before the election remains one worthy of praise. Surely, if you want to truly appreciate Barr’s contribution to the Justice Department, you’ll only need to wait and see who Biden slots into that position.