Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

80% Of George Washington Law School Faculty Call For Alumnus William Barr To Resign As Attorney General

Law Faculty of George Washington University Calls For Investigation, Censure, and Resignation Of GWU Law Alumnus William P. Barr:

Barr GWIn a statement released today [Statement Regarding Attorney General William H. Barr From Members of the George Washington University Law School Faculty], on the eve of an oversight hearing on the Attorney General and the Department of Justice in the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, 65 current and emeriti faculty members of George Washington University Law School condemned the actions of Attorney General William P. Barr and called for him to resign his office. The statement is a highly unusual rebuke of a leading alumnus. Barr received his J.D. from the law school in 1977, served on its Board of Advisors, and has been honored by the law school and the university. The letter is signed by over 80% of the active full-time faculty with voting privileges, joined by 18 emeritus professors, deans, and legal professionals. The signers of the non-partisan statement include members of both major political parties, and of none.

“We feel a special obligation to speak out because of the long relationship Attorney General Barr has with our law school and our university,” the signers write. “William Barr’s actions as Attorney General since 2019 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.” The statement, issued in response to longstanding concerns about Mr. Barr’s action as Attorney General which the signers conclude “have undermined the rule of law, breached constitutional norms, and damaged the integrity and traditional independence” of the Department of Justice, came together after the Attorney General participated in the forcible removal of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square (just blocks from the law school) on June 1.

The GWU Law statement endorses recommendations made by approximately 2,500 alumni of the Department of Justice, who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations. In addition to calling for Attorney General Barr’s immediate resignation, the DOJ alumni and the GWU Law faculty request that Congress exercise its authority to review Mr. Barr’s conduct in office and censure him and that the Inspector General of the Department of Justice initiate a formal inquiry into his conduct.

The GWU Law faculty members cite multiple instances of Mr. Barr’s conduct as evidence that he has “failed to fulfill his oath of office to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.’” These instances include:

  • deliberately misleading the American public about the conclusions of the Mueller investigation
  • intervening in the sentencing of the convicted felon Roger Stone
  • seeking to drop the prosecution of the confessed felon General Michael Flynn
  • acting in violation of the First Amendment rights of people engaged in peaceful assembly in Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020

The lead authors of the statement note that Attorney General Barr’s pattern of breaches now extends to an attempted late night dismissal of Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, and his subsequent firing in what created an appearance of intended interference with politically sensitive investigations involving the President and cronies.

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That means 20 percent had the courage to say no. At a place like GW, that is a moral victory

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Jun 25, 2020 2:59:58 AM

Have these same faculty made any kind of statement about the decapitation of their namesake's statue?

Is their silence consent?

Posted by: MM | Jun 24, 2020 7:57:02 PM

Just like the Hollywood elite, naught but useful idiots.

Posted by: Rebel Routt | Jun 24, 2020 1:06:53 PM


Posted by: LILA GRAHAM | Jun 24, 2020 11:16:16 AM

Who cares?

I love the self importance of faculty, especially law faculty. I'm no great fan of Bill Barr, but why would anyone care -- and I mean anyone, including spouses and children of faculty -- what law faculty think of such matters? The academic importance bubble is over guys.

Posted by: anon | Jun 24, 2020 6:42:17 AM

Early today I noted that university faculty will get no significant support in their battles with university administrators. This 80% number indicates why. All we need to is contrast these alleged and openly done abuses of Barr with the incredible abuses of government power in the effort to unseat Trump, efforts that Deep State Target only begin to touch on.

Posted by: Mike Perry | Jun 24, 2020 6:28:29 AM

We're these people in a coma during the Obama years or were they high on hopium the entire time?

Posted by: Bob | Jun 24, 2020 5:36:45 AM

Are they doing this in the wrong order? First rebuke George Washington, tear down all his statues, and change the name of the university. Later backstab alumuni.

Posted by: BW | Jun 24, 2020 5:24:57 AM