Trump news – live: Latest updates as Bill Barr resigns
Trump news – live: Latest updates as Bill Barr resigns
Attorney general Bill Barr has resigned after giving Donald Trump and update on the Justice Department’s review of voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election, “and how these allegations will continue to be pursued”.
The resignation was announced by Trump in a tweet just as the Electoral College confirmed Joe Biden as the president elect.
Barr’s resignation follows Michigan congressman Paul Mitchel quitting the GOP for his party embracing “unfounded conspiracy theories”.
Texan Republicans continue to support Trump’s attempt to overturn the US election result, with some threatening to leave the country.
Biden begins victory lap after Electoral College vote
“Once again in America, the rule of law, the Constitution, and the will of the people prevail,” Biden says.
Justin Vallejo15 December 2020 00:31
Jeff Rosen: Who is Trump’s acting attorney general now Bill Barr has resigned?
Donald Trump has appointed Jeffrey Rosen – Bill Barr’s current deputy attorney general – as the acting attorney general.
Mr Rosen – who the president called “an outstanding person” – had previously served under Elaine Chao as deputy Transportation Secretary before his appointment to the Justice Department, replacing Rod Rosenstein as then-deputy attorney general.
Prior to his role in the Trump administration, Mr Rosen joined the Office of Management and Budget as its general counsel and senior policy adviser under former president George W Bush. He remained in the role until 2009.
Mr Rosen also is partner with one of the world’s most profitable law firms Kirkland & Ellis, which has represented a wide array of controversial clients, including Bain Capital, BP and Jeffrey Epstein.
The Independent’s Alex Woodward takes a closer look at the person in the AG’s chair for the final weeks of the Trump administration.
Justin Vallejo15 December 2020 00:25
Michael Cohen wants Trump and his family deposed in lawsuit over legal costs
Michael Cohen wants to see Donald Trump in court after he has left office to testify as part of a lawsuit he filed against the Trump Organisation in 2019.
The president’s former personal lawyer and “fixer” is suing his ex-boss for almost $2m in legal bills he accrued through his involvement in the probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and the congressional investigations into Mr Trump.
Court papers seen by The New York Post show that the president will be deposed as a witness in the case in which Cohen claims that Mr Trump’s company agreed to indemnify him for all legal costs.
The Independent’s Oliver O’Connell reports.
Justin Vallejo15 December 2020 00:04
Analysis: Bill Barr’s big mistake is he Trump’s call for ‘law-and-order’ to the election
William Barr, Donald Trump’s hand-picked attorney general, had toed the line before. But he finally crossed it when he essentially said his boss lost his re-election bid fair and square, writes John T Bennett.
“By essentially pushing out Mr Barr, the president showed once again that loyalty, for him, is a one-way street. The attorney general told an interviewer late last month that the Justice Department had not found any evidence of the widespread voter fraud Mr Trump and his campaign lawyers are alleging.
“In Trump World, that’s a cardinal sin.”
Justin Vallejo14 December 2020 23:48
Criticism of Bill Barr pours in as he resigns
The criticism has been pouring in from all sides for Attorney General William Barr after Donald Trump announced he would be stepping down from the Justice Department before Christmas.
Mr Barr has long been a lightning rod of anger and frustration from Democrats for his handling of the Mueller report, his heavy-handed response to racial justice protests this past summer, and his attempts to investigate FBI and DOJ officials who led probes into Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The Independent’s Griffin Connolly has the reaction to today’s late-breaking news.
Justin Vallejo14 December 2020 23:25
Bill Barr: Attorney general’s resignation letter in full
I appreciate the opportunity to update you this afternoon on the Department’s review of voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election and how these allegations will continue to be pursued. At a time when the country is so deeply divided, it is incumbent on all levels of government, and all agencies acting within their purview, to do all we can to assure the integrity of elections and promote public confidence in their outcome.
I am greatly honoured that you called on me to serve your administration and the American people once again as Attorney General. I am proud to have played a role in the many successes and unprecedented achievements you have delivered for the American people. Your 2016 victory speech in which you reached out to your opponents and called for working together for the benefit of the American people was immediately met by a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds. The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia.
Few could have weathered these attacks, much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country. You built the strongest and most resilient economy in American history – one that has brought unprecedented progress to those previously left out. You have restored American military strength. By brokering historic peace deals in the Mideast you have achieved what most thought impossible. You have curbed illegal immigration and enhanced the security of our nation’s borders. You have advanced the rule of law by appointing a record number of judges committed to constitutional principles. With Operation Warp Speed, you delivered a vaccine for coronavirus on a schedule no one thought conceivable – a feat that will undoubtedly save millions of lives.
During you administration, the Department of Justice has worked tirelessly to protect the public from violent crime; worked closely with leaders in Mexico to fight the drug cartels; cracked down on China’s exploitation of our economy and workers; defended competition in the marketplace, especially the technology sector; and supported the men and women of law enforcement who selflessly – and too often thanklessly – risk their lives to keep our communities safe.
As discussed, I will spend the next week wrapping up a few remaining matters important to the administration and depart on December 23rd.
Wishing you, Melania, and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed Holiday Season. God Bless.
Justin Vallejo14 December 2020 23:17
Barr not pushed out, says White House official
This comes from White House correspondent Jeff Mason, whose sources claim Barr “left of his own accord” and wasn’t pushed or forced out.
“It was a very amicable meeting and as you can tell from the letter he thinks very highly of the President,” the source said.
More on that letter shortly.
Justin Vallejo14 December 2020 23:06
William Barr: Trump announces Attorney General will leave position by Christmas
The Independent’s Washington Bureau Chief John T Bennett is going deeper into the so-called resignation of attorney general William Barr.
“Mr Barr’s fall from the president’s good graces underscored just how quickly a trusted hand could garner nothing but praise from the boss one day and be on his naughty list just a few days or weeks later.”
Justin Vallejo14 December 2020 23:03
Watch: First American gets vaccinated in public as New York City nurse receives her shot
“I’m relieved. I feel like healing is coming,” said Sandra Lindsey after receiving the shot. “I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.”
First American gets vaccinated in public as New York City nurse receives her shot
She was given the drug in a live streamed broadcast presented by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after the first doses of the vaccine arrived on Monday.The Independent’s Graig Graziosi
The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has the story.
Justin Vallejo14 December 2020 23:00
Trump announces AG Bill Barr out before Christmas
Moments after Joe Biden was confirmed as the president elect by the Electoral College, Donald Trump announced Bill Barr tendered his resignation and will be leaving before Christmas.
The relationship between Trump and Barr was tested in recent weeks as the attorney general said the Department of Justice had not found enough evidence of fraud on a scale that would have changed the result of the 2020 election.
The president shared Barr’s resignation letter, saying their relationship has been good. Deputy AG Jeff Rosen becomes acting AG.
Barr spent most of his time praising Trump in the resignation letter but gave little indication as to the decision behind leaving before the end of Trump’s term.
“As discussed, I will spend the next week wrapping up a few remaining matters important to the administration and depart on December 23rd,” he wrote.
Justin Vallejo14 December 2020 22:48