U.S. President Donald Trump announced the resignation of U.S. Attorney General William Barr. He wrote about it on Twitter.
The justice secretary will leave office by the end of December. “Our relationship is very good, he did a great job! According to the [resignation] letter, Bill is leaving right before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family,” the American leader explained. He attached a copy of Barr’s resignation letter to the message.
Jeff Rosen, Barr’s current first deputy, will serve as interim head of the Justice Department. He will be replaced by Richard Donohue, who has been with the Justice Department since the summer and previously worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York.
It was reported on December 7 that Barr could leave his post before the end of Trump’s presidency. It was noted that the reason for the decision could be Trump’s refusal to admit defeat in the presidential election, as well as Barr’s words that the U.S. Justice Department found no massive fraud in the election.
William Barr has served as U.S. attorney general since February 2019. He also served in that position under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.
On November 3, 2020, the next U.S. presidential election was held. On December 14, the electors confirmed Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden as the new president of the United States. The politician won 55 electoral votes in the state of California, thus gaining 302 votes. In order to win the presidential race he needs to get 270 electoral votes.