Nothing has been finalized, according to the Times.
The New York Times reports that US Attorney General William Barr may announce his departure before year end. Given the many controversial decisions he has made, it's unclear that a resignation, as opposed to a firing or uneventful departure, would much alter public perception of his tenure.
Attorney General Bill Barr is considering heading for the hills after he upset President Donald Trump by admitting that there has not been evidence that the election, which Trump lost decisively, was plagued by mass voter fraud.
"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election", Barr told The AP weeks after he authorized federal prosecutors to investigate alleged "voting irregularities" in the 2020 election. But people close to the attorney general, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said Barr's contemplation of resigning before January 20 predates that fresh burst of criticism from the right.
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Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden's victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud. Biden, who won 306 votes in the Electoral College to Trump's 232, is expected to be sworn in next January.
The person says Barr isn't happy with President Donald Trump and his "bullying". "They should look into all this fraud", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Mr Barr is considering resigning a week before the Justice Department's announcement, citing lack of evidence of electoral fraud, and said he could leave before the end of 2020. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Two White House officials told CNN that while Trump had considered getting rid of Barr, he was being advised against it by several people.
There are reports Barr and Trump had a contentious meeting this week and the president remains frustrated there has been no public action in special counsel John Durham's investigation of the Russian Federation investigators. "[Barr] had concluded that he had completed the work that he set out to accomplish at the Justice Department".