Barr Intends to Stay at DOJ 'as Long as' Trump Needs Him
Attorney General William Barr — the focus of speculation about his continued tenure as head of the Department of Justice — isn’t quitting, Fox News reported.
Rumors began swirling that Barr could step down after he appeared to contradict President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.
But an unnamed senior DOJ official told Fox News that Barr intends to stay at his post “as long as the president needs him.”
Barr created a firestorm by telling the Associated Press on Dec. 1 that he hadn’t as yet uncovered evidence of voter fraud that could change the election outcome — despite Trump’s claims to the contrary.
Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI officials were working to follow up on specific complaints and information they have received, but hadn’t uncovered enough evidence that would change the outcome of the election.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the AP.
The DOJ later declared media outlets had "incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud," Fox News noted.
Last month, Barr issued a directive to U.S. attorneys across the country allowing them to pursue any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities if they existed, before the results of the 2020 presidential race were certified, the AP reported.
The move gave prosecutors the ability to go around Justice Department policy that typically would prohibit investigations of the time before the election was certified. The AP reported soon after Barr’s memo was issued, the Justice Department’s top elections crime official announced he’d step aside from that position.
More to Trump’s liking, Barr revealed that in October he’d appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel to continue into the next administration, the AP reported.
Barr notified the Senate and House Judiciary Committees of the apppointment in a letter dated Dec. 1, Fox News reported.
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