US Attorney General William Barr will be stepping down before Christmas, President Donald Trump has announced.
Mr. Barr’s term had been due to end on 20 January, when Mr. Trump will be leaving the office.
Due to Trump’s uncorroborated election fraud claims involving Mr. Barr, his early departure from the office became imperative.
Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will serve as acting attorney general, Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Barr’s letter to the president began by saying he “appreciated the opportunity to update” the president on the Department of Justice’s review of voter fraud allegations in the recent elections and “how these allegations will continue to be pursued”.
He did not give further information about the review and praised Mr. Trump’s achievements in the office before ending the letter by saying he will depart from his position on 23 December.