The two had recently clashed over Mr Barr, saying the Justice Department failed to find the widespread electoral fraud that the outgoing president says is responsible for his loss against President-elect Joe Biden.
Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become AG once Barr officially leaves the department on December 23.
Mr Barr’s fall from the president’s good graces underscored how quickly a trusted hand could only one day garner praise from the boss and be on his villain list days or weeks later.
Mr Barr’s latest misstep came when he admitted that the DOJ had found no credible allegations of widespread voter fraud.
“There was an assertion which would be a systemic fraud and which would be the assertion that the machines were programmed primarily to distort election results. And DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far we haven’t seen anything to corroborate that, ”Barr told The Associated Press, also referring to the Department of Homeland Security.
Justice officials have received complaints about certain shenanigans – as they do in every cycle.
“The allegations of electoral fraud which had been submitted to the highest law enforcement agency in the land were” very specific to a particular set of circumstances, actors or behaviors, “Barr told the press service. .
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refrained from giving the GA a vote of confidence a day after Mr Barr reported that Justice Department officials did not plan to prosecute cases. criminal charges for the president’s allegations that a Democratic plot to tip the scales in a handful of states he has lost to Mr. Biden.
Never a showman obsessed with cable television, Mr. Trump announced the GA’s departure about 10 minutes after presidential voters in California awarded their 55 constituency votes to Biden. This put him well above the threshold of 270 votes needed to officially become the president-elect.
Mr. Trump’s tweet corresponded to his latest attempts to counter-programming Mr. Biden’s transition period.
“I just had a really nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been very good, he has done a remarkable job! According to the letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family… ”he wrote. “… Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an exceptional individual, will become Acting Attorney General. The well-respected Richard Donoghue will assume the role of Deputy Attorney General. Thanks everyone! ”
With Mr. Barr’s Justice Department taking no action, the president’s legal team was busy filing lawsuits without evidence that federal judges, including some appointed by Mr. Trump, dismissed or tried against them .
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there has been no semblance of an investigation by the Department of Justice,” Trump attorneys Rudolph Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a joint statement.
“Again, with the utmost respect for the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without knowledge or investigation of substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud,” they added.
The president himself criticized Barr’s department in a December 11 tweet: “Why didn’t Fake News Media, FBI and DOJ report the Biden case BEFORE the election.”
He recently told reporters in the Oval Office to wait a few weeks to see Mr Barr’s fate, saying he wanted to see what the GA had done on the alleged voter fraud.
For most of his tenure as GA, Mr. Barr has appeared to be one of Mr. Trump’s favorites.
They shared a vision of the President’s Office having vast powers, and seemed to have some sort of agreement to help each other codify as much as possible the “one executive” theory.
But Mr. Barr sometimes felt compelled to push the president away.
For example, he told a TV interviewer that it was difficult to do his job as his boss constantly tweeted about DOJ cases and cases.
Mr Trump has said he won’t stop doing it.
But Mr Barr has also often defended Mr Trump, such as when he said the president had never urged him to drop a case against any of his associates or had otherwise tried to pinpoint the cases. of the Ministry of Justice. He also noted that he had not opened any investigation into Mr. Trump’s enemies – a statement made even as it has now become clear that the FBI is investigating Hunter Biden, the sometimes troubled son of the president-elect.