in Government in 1971 and a M.A in Government and Chinese studies in 1973 from Columbia University. [138][139], Barr has sometimes supported controversial or false statements made by Trump. William married Christine Moynihan in 1973, and the couple is blessed with three children. This shaped Barr’s beliefs a… They wrote that Barr's actions as attorney general "have undermined the rule of law, breached constitutional norms, and damaged the integrity and traditional independence of his office and of the Department of Justice. "[286][287], On July 25, 2019, Barr announced that the United States federal government would resume its use of capital punishment under his leadership, after nearly two decades without an execution. Omissions? [54][56] His "indictment said Mr. Weinberger's notes contradicted Mr. Bush's assertions that he had only a fragmentary knowledge of the arms secretly sold to Iran in 1985 and 1986 in exchange for American hostages in Lebanon. [137] The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2020 that Barr told federal prosecutors to consider charging violent protestors with plotting to overthrow the US government. William P. Barr was born on May 23, 1950 in New York City. 77th and 85th United States Attorney General, "Bill Barr" redirects here. [290]:8 Barr draws attention to a 1987 case, Gay Rights Coalition v. Georgetown University, which "compel[s] Georgetown University to treat homosexual activist groups like any other student group. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the … On March 25, the department updated its position to argue that the entire law is unconstitutional. Mr. Barr received his A.B. He advocated a Bush-backed bill that would have expanded the types of crime that could be punished by execution. [230][232][233] Barr said he thought there was not "any pejorative connotation at all" to the term spying. It diminishes the deterrent effect of state criminal laws, saps state prosecutorial resources and continually reopens the wounds of victims and survivors. Ronald Reagan’s first term in office. [230][233] Democrats criticized Barr's statement as "incendiary", saying the statement was intended to please Trump and that the statement lacked credibility following Barr's misrepresentation of the Mueller report in March 2019. [227][228] A bar association may take years to investigate an ethics complaint filed against a lawyer. [282] Considered an establishment Republican at the time of his confirmation, Barr gained a reputation as someone loyal to Trump and his policies during his second tenure as Attorney General. [106], On May 1, 2019, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd told the House Oversight Committee that Barr had instructed Justice Department official John Gore to refuse a subpoena to testify in front of the committee. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. given that the Southern District of New York was actively pursuing criminal investigations into several persons and companies associated with President Donald Trump and The Trump Organization. [53], In late 1992, Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh, who had been chosen to investigate the Iran–Contra affair, found documents in the possession of Reagan's former defense secretary, Caspar Weinberger, which Walsh said was "evidence of a conspiracy among the highest-ranking Reagan Administration officials to lie to Congress and the American public. [11] Their eldest daughter, Mary, born 1977/1978, was a senior Justice Department official who oversaw the department's anti-opioid and addiction efforts; Patricia, born 1981/1982, was counsel for the House Agriculture Committee; and Meg, born 1984/1985, is a former Washington prosecutor and cancer survivor (of recurrent Hodgkin's lymphoma), was counsel for Republican Senator Mike Braun of Indiana. Jensen himself was nominated by Trump for the St. Louis position. Third, he alleged there were conflicts of interest of two appointees to the Special Counsel Team, Jennie Rhee and Bruce Ohr. [246][247] A former Italian government official told The Washington Post in October 2019 that during a meeting the previous month, Italian intelligence services told Barr they had "no connections, no activities, no interference" in the matter; Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte later affirmed this. [273] On September 18, 2020, four chairs of Democratic committees asked the DOJ inspector general to open an emergency investigation because "We are concerned by indications that Attorney General Barr might depart from longstanding DOJ principles to take public action related to U.S. Attorney Durham’s investigation that could impact the presidential election," adding that Barr's public comments may have already violated that policy.[274]. Sign Up. Barr also said DOJ policy should align with congressional legislation. [93], The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) financially assists Republicans in their Senate election contests; in the seven years from 2009 to 2016, Barr gave six donations to the NRSC totaling $85,400. He is the 85th and current Attorney General of the United States since February 14, 2019 under the Donald Trump presidency. To connect with William, sign up for Facebook today. He is the man who: Let Jeffrey Epstein die, didn’t investigate what happened; Refused to stop states from taking everyone’s rights away with the coronavirus hoax His comments come despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. [16][17][18][19], After graduating from law school in 1977, Barr spent one year as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. The documents, on the planned (and eventually scrapped) citizenship question in the 2020 census, were withheld due to a "deliberative process" and "attorney-client communications", according to the Justice Department. It did not reflect the views of the department". [236] FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said he was unaware of any illegal surveillance by the FBI; he rejected the description of "spying". View William Barr II’S profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. William Pelham Barr (born May 23, 1950) is an American attorney serving as United States Attorney General since 2019, and previously from 1991 to 1993. We Can't Afford to Wait", "Trump AG Barr will escape impeachment thanks to 'corrupt' Republicans – Nadler", "A prosecutor who investigated Trump's friends is out of a job", "AG Barr Says Berman Was 'Living on Borrowed Time' as Interim U.S. Attorney", "Concern Over The Attorney General's Conduct: Removal of Mr. Geoffrey Berman as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York", "In Scathing Letter, More Than 80-Percent of Faculty at Bill Barr's Law School Call for His Censure and Resignation", "Bill Barr Is Eroding the Rule of Law. 1. Colleagues of Durham have said they believe he is under pressure to produce something before the election. For these reasons, numerous groups have called for Barr's resignation, including the New York City Bar Association. "[238] Trump ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr's inquiry and granted Barr unprecedented full authority to declassify any intelligence information related to the matter. Initially, four career prosecutors had recommended that Stone serve a jail term of between seven and nine years. [4], In October 1991, Barr appointed then-retired Democratic Chicago judge Nicholas Bua as special counsel in the Inslaw scandal. [120], As Attorney General, Barr sowed doubt about the integrity of the 2020 election. Attorney General William Barr has told the Associated Press that the Justice Department has not uncovered widespread voter fraud that could have changed the … He also said that from this case, he wanted to show Americans that "there's only one standard of justice", instead of two standards of justice. He said that "Hollywood now regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party, the world's most powerful violator of human rights". Before becoming Attorney General in 1991, Barr held numerous other posts within the Department of Justice, including leading the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and serving as Deputy Attorney General. [252] The Post also reported in December 2019 that the inspector general asked Durham and several American intelligence agencies if there was evidence of a setup by American intelligence, but they replied there was none. [107] In early June the House Oversight Committee moved to hold Barr in contempt of congress for defying a subpoena regarding the efforts to add a citizenship question to the census. Barr was the second person in U.S. history to serve twice as attorney general (the first was John J. Crittenden). [278], Sixty-five law professors and faculty from George Washington University Law School, Barr's alma mater, wrote in a June 2020 letter that he had "failed to fulfill his oath of office to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States.'" At the Barr Foundation, we believe high-quality schools are where every child is known, challenged and supported. In a December 2019 opinion piece, former FBI director, CIA director and federal judge William Webster wrote of "a dire threat to the rule of law in the country I love." [208] Shortly after, Barr was asked in a media interview if given that Flynn "admitted lying to the FBI. [8] Barr's demand followed a concerted pressure campaign by Erdogan and his close associates, including his son-in-law, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, and Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, a Trump family friend involved in developing the Trump towers in Turkey;[8] Erdogan himself personally insisted to President Trump that the Halkbank investigation be shut down on at least two occasions, November 1, 2018 at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, and on a telephone call on December 14, 2018. His claim appeared to be based on months-old social media rumors. A 1999 criminology study criticized Barr's analysis, saying "so complex an issue as the relationship between crime and punishment cannot be addressed through so simplistic an analysis as a negative correlation between the two very aggregated time series of crime rates and incarceration rates. [256][257] On August 14, 2020, Clinesmith pleaded guilty to a felony violation of altering an email used to maintain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants, having added the phrase "not a 'source'" to the original email. William Barr, in full William Pelham Barr, (born May 23, 1950, New York City), American lawyer and government official who served as attorney general of the United States during the administrations of Presidents George H.W. "[144][145][127][146] In the days after his electoral defeat, Trump and his legal team led by Rudy Giuliani pursued an aggressive effort to challenge the results with dozens of lawsuits and numerous false and unsubstantiated assertions revolving around an international communist conspiracy, rigged voting machines and polling place fraud to claim the election had been stolen from Trump. [20][14][21], In 1989, at the beginning of his administration, President George H. W. Bush appointed Barr to the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), an office which functions as the legal advisor for the President and executive agencies. In it Barr disparaged Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. and C.I.A. He clerked for a judge on the United States Cour… "[134] In an August 2020 appearance on Fox News, Barr asserted that Black Lives Matter is "a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism. [290]:8 The second is the promotion of moral relativism through the passage of laws that dissolve moral consensus and enforce neutrality. "[3], In June 2020, amid the George Floyd protests against racism and police brutality, Barr said he rejected the view "that the law enforcement system is systemically racist. As Walton saw it, Barr's "lack of candor" undermined Barr's "credibility and, in turn, the department's" arguments before the court. "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," Barr said. [1][2][3] In 1989, Barr, as the head of the OLC, justified the U.S. invasion of Panama to arrest Manuel Noriega. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Columbia University in 1971 and his master’s degree in government and Chinese studies from Columbia University in 1973. [22] He wrote legal justifications for the practice of rendition,[23] so that the FBI could enter onto foreign soil without the consent of the host government to apprehend fugitives wanted by the United States government for terrorism or drug-trafficking. On February 14, 2019, Barr was confirmed by the Senate in a vote that fell largely along party lines. [79] Barr also said in 2017 that he didn't think "all this stuff" about incarcerating or prosecuting Hillary Clinton was appropriate to say, but added that "there are things that should be investigated that haven't been investigated," although the FBI began investigating the Clinton Foundation and the related Uranium One matter in 2015, followed by investigations by Republican congressional committees. Two days later Barr released a four-page summary, which stated that the “investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia” and also stated that “the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”, Almost immediately Mueller raised objections to Barr’s characterization of the Russia investigation and its findings. [188] The Justice Department took the position that disclosure of the unredacted Mueller Report would require the department to violate "the law, court rules and court orders" as well as grand jury secrecy rules. "[279], During a June 2020 House Judiciary Committee testimony, Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general for whom Barr worked during the George H. W. Bush presidency, asserted that Barr "poses the greatest threat, in my lifetime, to our rule of law and to public trust in it". Barr’s longtime association with Time Warner was also scrutinized. This article was most recently revised and updated by, Attorney general for the Trump administration, https://www.britannica.com/biography/William-P-Barr. After high school, he attended Columbia University, where he majored in government and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. [167][183][184] Barr also said it would not be criminal obstruction of justice for a president to instruct a staffer to lie to investigators about the president's actions,[185] and suggested a president could legally terminate an investigation into himself if he was being "falsely accused". [51], In 1992, Barr launched a surveillance program to gather records of innocent Americans' international phone calls. Their tactics are fascistic." From 1982 to 1983 Barr worked on the Domestic Policy Council during U.S. Pres. Flynn later attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, and had not been sentenced yet. He is a member of the Republican Party.. Those facing scrutiny suspect he's chasing conspiracy theories", "Italy Did Not Fuel U.S. [165], On March 27, Mueller sent Barr another letter describing his concerns of Barr's letter to Congress and the public on March 24. Barr subsequently released a letter summarizing the findings. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”, Congressional Democrats accused Barr of downplaying the report’s findings and of using the Justice Department to shield Trump from scrutiny. He simultaneously attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., from which he obtained a law degree in 1977. U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with members of the St. Louis Police Department Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in St. Louis. [123][124] Senior American intelligence officials have said there was no evidence any foreign powers intended to manipulate mail-in voting. Barr added that an investigation into an alleged Uranium One controversy was more warranted than looking into whether Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 elections. [275], On December 11, 2019, former Attorney General Eric Holder, who had served under President Obama, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post claiming William Barr is "unfit to be attorney general"[276] for his "naked partisan[ship]", "attempts to vilify the president's critics", his attacks on the inspector general and his comments on ongoing investigations.[276]. The New York Times called this move "the largest single manpower shift in the bureau's history. In addition, the Justice Department refused to comply with a subpoena for the unredacted Mueller report, an official stating that the Judiciary Committee’s request did not constitute “legitimate oversight.”. So it was not a crime." degree with highest honors from George Washington University in 1977. The Jewish family went through a sudden change when Barr’s father, a Jew, converted to Roman Catholicism. There's a Dire Threat to the Country I Love", "More than 2,000 former DOJ officials call on Attorney General William Barr to resign", "65 faculty members from AG Barr's law school alma mater say he has 'failed to fulfill his oath of office, "U.S. attorney general Barr blasted by Democrats as 'president's fixer, "Deputy Attorney General Under George H.W. Barr was born in New York City in 1950. [3][121][295][296][297] Prior to joining the Trump administration, he argued that the president has "complete authority to start or stop a law enforcement proceeding. Walton had concerns that Barr may have made a "calculated attempt to influence public discourse" in favor of President Trump by establishing "a one-sided narrative" about the report contrary to the report's findings. [90][91] The day after the existence of the memo became known, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said "our decisions are informed by our knowledge of the actual facts of the case, which Mr. Barr didn't have. 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Walton questioned if the report's redactions were actually "self-serving" to avoid conflict with Barr's statements, and if the Justice Department used "post-hoc rationalizations" to defend Barr. Current City and Hometown. I’ve never heard of any of that crap. Barr’s letter came to light in December 2018 after Trump nominated him to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Does the fact remain that he lied?" As deputy attorney general, Barr authorized an FBI operation in 1991 which freed hostages at the Talladega federal prison. He was sworn in hours later, becoming the second person in U.S. history to serve twice as attorney general. A Trump tweet followed: "Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!" [4] Barr argued that incarceration reduced crime, pointing to crime and incarceration rates in 1960, 1970, 1980 and 1990. His father, Donald Barr, taught English literature at Columbia University before becoming headmaster of the Dalton School in Manhattan and later the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, both members of the Ivy Preparatory School League. "[126] In a subsequent September 2020 interview, Barr stated that mail-in voting meant “we’re back in the business of selling and buying votes” including “outright coercion, paying off a postman, here’s a few hundred dollars, give me some of your ballots.”[127] On October 1, 2020, more than 1,600 former DOJ attorneys signed an open letter stating, "we fear that Attorney General Barr intends to use the DOJ’s vast law enforcement powers to undermine our most fundamental democratic value: free and fair elections. His mother is of Irishancestry. When Barr started donating more frequently to the NRSC, it was uncertain whether then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions would remain in his job. Barr was raised as a Catholi… [140] In an August 2020 interview, Trump claimed that a plane full of "thugs in dark uniforms", implying antifa, had recently flown from one unidentified city to another with the intention of fomenting riots. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. "[47] Barr's report influenced the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which aimed to increase the incarceration rate. [16] He was first hired as a summer intern for two years. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values. [205], Additionally in February 2020, Barr declared that there would be a review of the criminal case of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to Trump, who had pled guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador. He stayed with Verizon until 2008 and was named “of counsel” (an attorney who has a close and ongoing relationship with a practice but who is neither an associate nor a partner) at Kirkland & Ellis the following year. Attorney. [189][190], In March 2020, Reggie Walton, a federal district judge originally appointed by President George W. Bush, criticized Barr's characterizations of the Mueller report as "distorted" and "misleading". Barr… Barr continued donating even after Sessions resigned, and after Trump nominated Barr for Attorney General. [13], In February 2020, Senator Lindsey Graham stated that the Justice Department "is receiving information coming out of the Ukraine from" Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer to president Donald Trump. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein themselves concluded that the evidence did not establish obstruction of justice beyond reasonable doubt, and made the decision not to press the charge; "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. [225] On February 14, 2020, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint against Barr with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of the Inspector General, accusing Barr of "violating several Justice Department rules, guidelines and procedures. [104] Barr had enthusiastically supported Trump's political agenda, misrepresented aspects of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, repeated Trump's talking point that those investigating Trump had engaged in "spying", defied congressional subpoenas, and refused to give Congress an unredacted version of the Mueller report. "[156], On January 14, 2019, a day before Barr's confirmation hearing for Attorney General, Barr sent written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the eventual final Mueller report, saying "it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel's work ... For that reason, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law. Current Biography Yearbook : Annual Cumulation. In 1989 Barr left private practice to join the U.S. Justice Department. [74], In 2009, Barr was briefly of counsel to the firm Kirkland & Ellis. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. [280] Three months later, Ayer claimed Barr "is on a mission to install the president as an autocrat. He became a partner in his law firm in 1985. President Trump also asserted executive privilege over the documents to withhold them from Congress. On October 2, 2019, Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump supporter and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to the leaders of Britain, Australia and Italy, asserting as fact that both Mifsud and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer had been directed to contact Papadopoulos. Two weeks later Caterpillar retained Barr, who had returned to Kirkland & Ellis as of counsel specifically “to take a fresh look at Caterpillar’s disputes with the government.”. Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. Bush administration and private practice. Barr said Trump had not asked him to step in, but noted that Trump's tweets and public comments make it impossible for the attorney general to do his job. [136] Homeland Security Department secretary Chad Wolf said in September 2020 that he and Barr had discussed arresting leaders of antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement. 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