William Pelham Barr

Also found in: Legal.

Barr, William Pelham,

1950–, U.S. lawyer and government official, b. New York City, grad. Columbia (B.A. 1971, M.A. 1973). A conservative Republican noted for his expansive view of the powers of the president, he worked for the CIA while attending George Washington Univ. Law School (J.D. 1977), then spent several years in private practice. Under President George H. W. Bush, he served in the the Dept. of Justice's Office of Legal Council (1989–90), then was deputy attorney general (1990–91) and attorney general (1991–93). He subsequently was executive vice president and general counsel for GTE Corp. (1994–2000) and for Verizon (2000–2008), and advised corporations on government affairs and regulations. In 2019 he was appointed attorney general by President Trump. His highly public, overly positive characterization of Robert MuellerMueller, Robert Swan, 3d,
1944–, American law enforcement official, b. New York City, B.A. Princeton, 1966, M.A. New York Univ., 1967, J.D. Univ. of Virginia School of Law, 1973.
..... Click the link for more information.
's assessment of Trump's actions in Mueller's report (2019) on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election made Barr almost immediately controversial. He subsequently worked actively to advance Trump's policies, and was criticized by some for politicizing the Justice Dept. He resigned as attorney general in Dec., 2020.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/