William Barr

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William P. Barr is the Attorney General under President Donald Trump. He previously served in the same position under George H.W. Bush.

Establishment/liberal ties

Barr donated $55,000 to establishment candidate Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election,[1] but after Trump became the nominee, Barr donated only $2,700.[2] He was on the board of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, between 2009 and 2018,[3] and he thus supported its merger with AT&T when conservatives and the Trump Administration opposed it.[4]

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.[5] 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."[6] Barr is personal friends with Mueller, leading to questions of whether he would do anything to stop overreach by Mueller.[7]

Barr has a record of supporting certain gun control measures including gun confiscation laws.[8]

Conservative actions

When he was Attorney General in the Bush Administration, Barr took actions to crack down on illegal immigration.[9][10][11] 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.[12]

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.[13] Robert Mueller served as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division during Barr's tenure.

Trump Administration

The U.S. Senate confirmed Barr as Attorney General on February 14, 2019.[14][15]


  1. Farivar, Masood (December 7, 2018). Trump's Justice Department Pick Has Criticized Special Counsel Probes. Voice of America. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/trump-has-blasted-muellers-team-for-political-donations-but-attorney-general-nominee-william-barr-has-given-more-than-500000/2018/12/11/dce5974a-fcb0-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html
  3. Vazquez, Maegan; Collins, Kaitlan (December 7, 2018). Trump nominates William Barr to be his next attorney general. CNN. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. Kim, Ellis (December 7, 2018). 4 Things to Know About William Barr, Trump's Pick to Replace Jeff Sessions. The National Law Journal. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  5. https://twitter.com/arimelber/status/1071058049769660417
  6. Ballhaus, Rebecca; Gurman, Sadie; Viswanatha, Aruna (December 7, 2018). Trump Taps William Barr to Be Next Attorney General. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  7. Manning, Richard (January 15, 2019). Trump Attorney General nominee Bill Barr – Swamp master or destroyer? Fox News. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  8. Multiple references:
  9. Binder, John (December 7, 2018). William Barr Prioritized Illegal Immigration Crackdown in 1990s–Similar to Sessions. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  10. Arthur, Andrew R. (December 11, 2018). The Once (and Future?) AG William Barr on Immigration. Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  11. Donachie, Robert (December 12, 2018). William Barr, Trump's pick as attorney general, is an immigration hardliner. Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  12. Trump’s pick for AG once questioned value of border wall. Politico (from the Associated Press). December 31, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  13. Terry Reed & John Cummings, Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA, Shapolsky Publishers, 1994
  14. Pappas, Alex; Singman, Brooke (February 14, 2019). William Barr confirmed by Senate for attorney general. Fox News. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  15. Moran, Sean (February 14, 2019). Senate Confirms William Barr to Become Attorney General. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 14, 2019.

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