Barr has decided, for the moment, to stay on until the end of Trump’s term unless he thinks the President is going to fire him, according to a source familiar with the dynamic between the two men, who Friday described a serious breakdown in communication, saying the “relationship is a Cold War.”
“Barr cannot be intimidated by Trump. This is the real story. None of this matters — it’s the deposed king ranting. Irrelevant to the course of justice and to Trump’s election loss,” the source said Saturday following Trump’s tweets.
Trump was frustrated at the time with Barr over his recent comments that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud.
Reports then followed that Barr has been weighing leaving his post before Trump leaves office. A source with knowledge of the matter told CNN that Barr is unhappy with Trump and that the attorney general “is not someone who takes bullying and turns the other cheek!”
The President declined last Thursday to say whether he had confidence in Barr, a sign that he has fallen out of Trump’s favor.
Activity in the investigation had gone covert in recent months due to Department of Justice guidelines prohibiting overt actions that could affect an election, a person with knowledge of the probe told CNN.
This story has been updated with additional information.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.