Report: William Barr May Resign Before Donald Trump Can Fire Him
Donald Trump has a history of using litigation to get him out of trouble. Prior to taking over the White House the president and his businesses had been involved in over 4,000 lawsuits. So the job of Attorney General in a Trump White House is going to be quite different.
Since taking office in February of 2019, William Barr has been willing to work hand in hand with Donald Trump. That is until November. Barr angered the president by not going after his political opponents. There are reports that Trump may fire him after the Attorney General dismissed fraud in the recent election. And according to a new report from the New York Times, Barr may choose to quit before Trump fires him.
Katie Benner, Michael S. Schmidt and Peter Baker write, “Attorney General William P. Barr is considering stepping down before President Trump’s term ends next month, according to three people familiar with this thinking. One said Mr. Barr could announce his departure before the end of the year.”
The report credits a source as saying, “Mr. Barr had been weighing his departure since before last week and that Mr. Trump had not affected the attorney general’s thinking. [Barr] had concluded that he had completed the work that he set out to accomplish at the Justice Department.”
According to sources in the White House, Trump would like to fire his Attorney General. Multiple aides in the White House, though, are urging him not to do so.