The George Washington University Law School faculty released a statement on June 23, 2020 calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign, for Congress to censure him, and for the Justice Department’s Inspector General to investigate him.
Barr received a juris doctorate from the Law School in 1977, served on its board of advisors, and has previously been honored by the school.
- “80% of the active full-time faculty with voting privileges” signed the letter, in addition to 18 emeritus professors, deans, and legal professionals.
- The signers include members of “both major political parties, and of none.”
- The statement also endorses the recommendation of 2,500 Department of Justice alumni from both Republican and Democrat administrations who call for Barr to resign, for Congress to censure him, and for an inspector general to begin a formal inquiry into his conduct.
The faculty’s statement cites the following as instances of Barr’s failure to uphold his constitutional oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The signers assert that Barr
- Deliberately misled Americans about the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report,
- Intervened in Roger Stone’s sentencing,
- Interfered with the prosecution of Michael Flynn,
- And violated civilians’ First Amendment right to assemble and protest at Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020.
The letter states, in part,
We feel a special obligation to speak out because of the long relationship Attorney General Barr has with our law school and our university… 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.