Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Dec 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, is resigning amid lingering tension with the president over the president's baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden's son.

Barr went to the White House on Monday, where Trump said he submitted his letter of resignation.

"Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House," President Trump tweeted on Monday. "Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per the letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family."

Trump has publicly expressed his anger about Barr's statement to The Associated Press earlier this month that the Justice Department had found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome of the election.

According to the Associated Press, Trump was also angry the Justice Department did not publicly announce it was investigating President-elect Joe Biden's son Hunter, despite it being a policy within the department to do such a thing.

Trump says Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, who Trump called "an outstanding person," will become Acting Attorney General."