Barr may leave Trump administration before Inauguration Day
- 07 December 2020
Attorney General William P. Barr has told associates in recent weeks that he may leave his post before the Trump administration ends next month, according to people familiar with the discussions, APA reports citing Washington Post.
Barr, in his second stint as the nation’s top law enforcement official, since the fall has been the target of growing criticism from President Trump and his supporters — public attacks that intensified in recent days after the attorney general said the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud that could affect the outcome of the presidential contest. But people close to the attorney general, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said Barr’s contemplation of resigning before Jan. 20 predates that fresh burst of criticism from the right.
Barr first broached the topic with associates shortly after Election Day, when it became clear that former vice president Joe Biden had won, according to one person familiar with the conversation. Before the election, Barr had told friends that if Trump won, he would like to stay on as attorney general for some time in the second term.
When Barr first served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, he stayed in the position until the administration’s final week. However, it is not uncommon for Cabinet secretaries to leave their positions before the end of a lame-duck term, or contemplate doing so.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.