|77th & 85th Attorney General of the United States|
From: February 14, 2019 - present
William Pelham Barr (born May 23, 1950), a native of New York City, was an ineffective Attorney General under President Donald Trump. Barr announced on December 14, 2020 that he would resign before Christmas, in a dereliction of his duty. He previously served in the same position under George Herbert Walker Bush, and then cashed in to amass an estimated $40 million fortune apparently based on his Deep State credentials.
During the 2020 presidential election theft, Barr prevented U.S. Attorneys from investigating massive Democrat election fraud. Pandering to the liberal media and perhaps worried about Leftists demanding an investigation of him, Barr ignorantly declared with his eyes closed that he had not seen election fraud.
Barr donated $55,000 to establishment candidate Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election, but after Trump became the nominee, Barr donated only $2,700. He was on the board of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, between 2009 and 2018, and he thus supported its merger with AT&T when conservatives and the Trump Administration opposed it.
When President Trump nominated Barr to be his attorney general, some liberals praised Barr, calling him "mainstream conservative" and "less ideologically extreme" than the conservative Jeff Sessions, who also failed the Trump administration. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who was forced to resign from the Senate Intelligence Committee for leaking information related to the Mena/Contra operation in 1987, was an enthusiastic supporter. Bush DOJ official Stuart Gerson called Barr and Bob Mueller "folks of the establishment." Barr is personal friends with Mueller, leading to questions of whether he would do anything to stop overreach by Mueller.
The total lack of security at the Mena airport and intelligence professionalism was why the CIA wanted out of Arkansas. The final loose end that needed to be tied up was the investigation of Gov. Bill Clinton's half-brother, Roger and his friends. Barr told Bill Clinton:
We are all in this together and let's not forget that the vice-president [George H.W. Bush] and Mr. Casey want this operation to be a success. Mr. Seal carried with him a falsely created, high-level profile of a drug runner. All of the cops in the country were investigating a drug operation. They put the police into a position where we could control them. We fed them what we wanted to feed them, when we wanted to feed them. Seal was a diversion. It was perfect until your brother started free enterprising and now we have to shut it down.
It was the arrests of Roger Clinton and Dan Lasater - not the Hasenfus shoot-down months later - that threatened to expose the operation and prompted the CIA to end it. Barr said of the money investigation,
Mr. Meese is intervening right now and there will be no money investigation. The United States Attorney's Office in Little Rock is 'getting religion' as we speak.
Gov. Clinton's reputation as a cad did not go unnoticed by the CIA. Barr ended the meeting with words of encouragement.
Bill, you are Mr. [Willaim J.] Casey's fair-haired boy ... You and your state have been our greatest asset. Mr. Casey wanted me to pass on to you that unless you ****up and do something stupid, you're No. 1 on the short list for a shot at the job that you've always wanted. You and guys like you are the fathers of the new government. We are the new covenant.
George H.W. Bush administration
Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Barr served as Chief Counsel for the CIA airline Southern Air Transport during Iran Contra. Robert Mueller served as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division during Barr's tenure.
In December 1991, Attorney General Barr announced that the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) had entered a guilty plea to certain racketeering charges, in return for which the U.S. Justice Department agreed to drop all other federal and state charges that might be brought against BCCI entities in the future. In the plea-bargain arrangement, BCCI forfeited all of its estimated $550 million assets in the United States, and there were some minor jail sentences.
Barr was Attorney General during the Ruby Ridge incident. In the aftermath, he blatantly lied to the press about his involvement and also participated in efforts to ensure that the FBI snipers involved were immune from prosecution in federal court.
In 1992, Barr launched an illegal phone surveillance program without prior legal analysis. This would ultimately serve as a blueprint for more sophisticated surveillance programs launched after 9/11.
When he was Attorney General in the Bush Administration, Barr took actions to crack down on illegal immigration. However, it should be noted that the Administration was trying to fend off Pat Buchanan's primary challenge at the time, and his actions happened at a time when even liberal Democrats claimed to support tough border security. However, Barr opposed building border barriers across the entire border with Mexico.
In April 2020, Barr, along with then-acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, invoked state secrets to prevent families of 9/11 victims from accessing documents needed to build their cases for lawsuits against the Saudi government.
- See also: Democrat election fraud
The prosecutor who served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said that Bill Barr prevented him from investigating allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities in the 2020 presidential election. William M McSwain said he was directed to turn over any serious allegations to an anti-Trump state Attorney General.
"On Election Day and afterwards, our Office received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities. As part of my responsibilities as U.S. Attorney, I wanted to be transparent with the public and, of course, investigate fully any allegations. Attorney General Barr, however, instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities. I was also given a directive to pass along serious allegations to the State Attorney General for investigation – the same State Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win."
2024, if Trump is nominee
On Mar 7, 2022, in an interview with S. Guthrie on ,Today, NBC Barr said, after all, if Trump would be the nominee in 2024, he would still vote for him, because of the dangerous progressive agenda - the alertative.
“Because I believe the greatest threat to the country is the progressive agenda being pushed by the Democratic Party, it’s inconceivable to me that I wouldn’t vote for the Republican nominee,” said Barr
“So even if he lied about the election and threatened democracy…Better than a Democrat?” Guthrie asked. “As of now, it’s hard for me to conceive that I wouldn’t vote for the Republican nominee,” he answered.
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