Bill Barr concluded his final day as attorney general on Wednesday, writing in a farewell note that “it has been a great honor” to serve.
“As I told the President in my departure letter and reiterated during my final press conference on Monday, it has been a great honor to serve once again in this role,” wrote Barr, who was attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration.
“Over the past two years, the dedicated men and women of this Department – including its operational components – have risen to meet historic challenges and uphold our vital mission to enforce the rule of law,” Barr said in the note.
“I have been continually inspired by your professionalism and outstanding work.
As I did 30 years ago, I leave this office with deep respect for you, and I will always be grateful for your devoted service to the Nation we love,” he continued.
Barr’s resignation was announced last Monday in a tweet from President Trump after the two clashed over whether there was fraud during the 2020 presidential election and Barr’s failing to inform Congress about an existing investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
Trump announced that Barr was stepping down just after the Electoral College certified Biden was the winner of the election.
In his resignation letter, Barr praised Trump for weathering the onslaught of allegations from Democrats during his four years.
“Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance,” Barr wrote to Trump.
“Your 2016 victory speech in which you reachout 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,” Barr wrote in the letter.
Barr, who came out of retirement to lead the Justice Department in December 2018, in a final press conference on Monday shot down any need to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden or to examine the claims of voter fraud in the election.
“I think to the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the department and to this point, I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave,” Barr said.
The president-elect’s son confirmed earlier this month that he was under investigation for possible tax fraud.
The Post revealed Hunter Biden’s suspicious business dealings in Ukraine and China in October.
Barr will be replaced by Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in an acting capacity.
With Post wires