Donald Trump announces William Barr to step down as attorney general ‘before Christmas’

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Donald Trump announced the news on Monday in an unexpected tweet as he praised his relationship with Mr Barr.

He also revealed Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, whom he labelled an “outstanding person,” will be filling in the Acting Attorney General position.

He wrote: “Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House.

“Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family…

“Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General.

“Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!”

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