U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr made headlines over the weekend but not in the way that most supporters of President Donald Trump were hoping.
According to The Hill, a bombshell report from The New York Times on Sunday revealed that Barr may be considering stepping down from his position before the — potential — end of Trump’s term in the White House. That report was according to three inside sources “familiar with the situation.”
News of Barr’s report of a possible early exit from the administration came in the wake of a DOJ report last week which indicated that the nation’s top law enforcement agency hadn’t found any significant level of the alleged widespread voter or ballot fraud which would have changed the results of the 2020 election.
One of the NYT’s sources said that the potential step-down was not related to recent tensions between Barr and Trump over his DOJ report that didn’t find any voter fraud, though many believe that’s what would ultimately lead either Barr’s firing or his resignation.
That’s especially true given that reports emerged of a “tense” meeting between Barr and Trump following the surprise DOJ report on election fraud. Apparently, it was of such critical importance that Trump actually intercepted Barr when he showed up at the White House for a scheduled meeting with chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Barr’s news also comes on the heels of a peculiar statement made by the president last week as reporters asked him questions, with one asking if Trump still had confidence in his Attorney General, to which Trump replied, “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now.”
Beyond those issues, other sources have indicated to various media outlets that Barr was already on the chopping block, but likely saved after a number of Trump adviser’s reportedly talked the president out of firing Barr from his position, noting that Barr has technically played ball with the president on his agenda more than any other AG in recent history.
Adding to that is that Barr has agreed with a number of Trump’s decisions even when top Cabinet members disagreed in private. As we know at this point, loyalty goes a long way with the president and for one’s job security.
Many of Trump’s supporters on social media have continually asked questions like “Where’s Barr?” during the unfolding of various election-related legal battles in battleground states where Trump’s lawyers believe fraud took place on a large scale. Trump’s supporters, at least a good portion of them, don’t have much, if any, faith that Barr’s DOJ has any plans of intervening in any of the investigations or lawsuits that have been filed. ‘
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Only time will tell, but Barr would definitely be making a statement — and not a good one — if he left his position just a month prior to the possible end of the Trump administration.