(BBC) – US Attorney General William Barr is stepping down before Christmas, President Donald Trump has announced.
He did not give more details about the review, and praised Mr Trump’s achievements in office before ending the letter by saying he will depart from his position on 23 December.
With William Barr gone, however, there may be less institutional resistance if President Trump decides to bypass traditional Justice Department procedures and issue a spate of controversial pardons for his closest allies. By exiting now, Mr Barr is affording himself the ability to stay silent on such matters.
His comments in early December that claims of voter fraud were unproven were a blow to Mr Trump, who has never accepted defeat.