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U.S. Attorney General William Barr. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. Attorney General William Barr is stepping down next week, capping a nearly two-year tenure in which he oversaw the end of the Russia investigation and came under widespread condemnation for undermining the Justice Department’s independence.

In a tweet, Trump said Barr will leave the Justice Department before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family. Trump described his relationship with Barr as a “very good one,” even after the attorney general fell out of favor with the president for acknowledging that the Justice Department had not uncovered widespread voter fraud.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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