U.S. President Trump says William Barr is out as attorney general.
Attorney General William Barr resigned on Monday, ending a tenure in which the President Donald Trump loyalist carried the administration's "law and order" message but ultimately dealt the most credible blow to Trump's unfounded claims that the 2020 election was littered with fraud.
"Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family," Trump tweeted, announcing the news.
"Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!"
Barr repeatedly and unapologetically prioritized Trump's political goals while furthering his own vision of expansive presidential power.
In his most notorious move, Barr delivered a misleading summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, essentially clearing Trump in the Russia probe, which drew a sharp rebuke from Mueller himself.
Barr has reportedly compared Donald Trump's attacks on him as a “deposed king ranting" after the president apparently raised the possibility of firing him.
On Saturday, the president described his attorney general as a “big disappointment” on Twitter after it emerged that the Department of Justice had begun an investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes as early as 2018 - but did not make existence of the enquiry public until after the election.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Mr Barr was aware of a federal investigation into the president-elect’s son’s tax and business records for a year but worked to keep it quiet during the election. Mr Trump appeared angered that Mr Barr did not politicize the investigations.
He asked on Saturday why the attorney general did not “reveal the truth to the public, before the Election, about Hunter Biden”.
This story will be updated shortly.