Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr served with "professionalism and elan," in a Twitter post Tuesday.
President Donald Trump announced Monday that Barr will leave his job before Christmas.
Pompeo offered his highest praise for Barr in how he the handled special counsel Robert Mueller's report after an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"AG Barr crushed the propaganda generated by Mueller against President Trump and preserved our Republic from the rogue FBI and Special Counsel's efforts to undermine the 2016 election based on a bogus theory of Russian collusion."
Democrats have criticized Barr for politicizing the Department of Justice. Pompeo disagreed.
"I fully supported Bill to become AG as I knew he would serve with professionalism and elan, he did that and more," Pompeo said.
Barr heard opponents claim he was too loyal to President Trump for most of his tenure. The attorney general appointed John Durham special counsel investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. That ensured the probe could continue into the next administration.
Recently, the president criticized Barr for not doing his job after the DOJ said it found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election.
Pompeo, however, preferred to focus on where the president and Barr agreed.
"President Trump had AG Barr's support and commitment to defending law and order against rioters," Pompeo said. "Protecting our citizens from these looters and anarchists was the right thing to do and AG Barr made it happen."
The secretary of state also mentioned Barr first served the Trump administration as a member of Pompeo's CIA advisory board. "He made me a better Director and the Agency a stronger espionage force," Pompeo said.
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will serve as acting attorney general upon Barr's departure.
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