“President Trump said on Monday that Attorney General William Barr would depart next week, ending a tenure marked by Mr. Barr’s willingness to advance the president’s political agenda and criticism that he eroded the post-Watergate independence of the Justice Department.
“Mr. Barr had in recent weeks fallen out of favor with the president after acknowledging that the department had found no widespread voter fraud, but Mr. Trump sought to play down their differences, saying in a tweet announcing Mr. Barr’s departure, ‘Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!’”
Behind the scenes: Prior to the Hunter Biden report, Trump for months had privately discussed replacing Barr with somebody more willing to do his bidding.
- Barr’s comments to the AP earlier this month, in which he undercut Trump’s claims of a “rigged election” by saying the Justice Department has not found evidence of widespread fraud that would change the outcome, sent the president into a rage.
- Additionally, Trump had grown frustrated over the delays in the release of the so-called “Durham report,” which he hopes will contain bombshell revelations about the Obama administration’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.