President Trump announced Barr’s decision on Twitter after meeting him at the White House, stating that they had a “very good” relationship and praised Barr for his “outstanding work.”
Trump has sharply criticized Barr in recent days, prompting speculation that he could be fired.
In a letter to Trump, Barr informed the president that the Justice Department is considering allegations by Trump’s campaign headquarters about alleged falsification of the 2020 election results. In it, Barr promised that the charges “will be investigated.”
“I am honored that you once again called me to serve your administration and the American people as attorney general,” Barr wrote. “I am proud to have played a role in the many successes and unprecedented achievements that you have brought to the American people.”
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has repeatedly criticized Barr, tweeted that with the departure of the attorney general, “work needs to start to rebuild a credible and independent justice system.”
Barr’s fate was in question, as he said last week that a Justice Department investigation found no sign of fraud in the November elections, which contradicts President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims.
Trump’s legal team accused Barr of failing to conduct a proper investigation.
President Trump has announced that Jeffrey Rosen, the current deputy attorney general, will take over Barr’s role in the Justice Department, with Richard Donahue as his deputy.
Barr’s departure followed a string of other layoffs and post-election resignations in the administration. Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Christopher Krebs, head of the Computer and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) under the US Department of Homeland Security. Other Department of Homeland Security officials have resigned, and White House public affairs director Alyssa Farah has also recently retired.