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William Barr

U.S. Attorney General (DOJ)

Nominated by Trump: 1-3-2019

Who is William Barr?

Trump nominated former corporate lawyer William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions, who resigned in late 2018. Barr served as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush White House in the early 1990s. As attorney general, Barr was tasked with upholding our nation’s laws and protecting our rights and freedoms — including the constitutional right to access abortion. But Barr has shown time and again he won’t protect reproductive rights and is opposed to anti-discrimination measures that protect women, LGBTQ+ people, and others.

I believe Roe v. Wade should be overruled... Roe v. Wade basically, in my view, took [power to ban abortion] away from the states… and I don't think that opinion was the right opinion.”

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What William Barr Controlled

U.S. Department of Justice

The Department of Justice is a federal executive department of the U.S. government responsible for enforcing federal laws, protecting the rights of the American people, and ensuring fair and transparent courts.

Policies William Barr controls

Refusal Policies

LGBTQ+ Rights

Separating Immigrant Families


Refusal Policies

Background on William Barr

Replacing Jeff Sessions

When Jeff Sessions resigned, William Barr praised him as "an outstanding attorney general" and commended his efforts to further the Trump agenda. As attorney general, Sessions rolled back an astounding range of civil rights protections and introduced new policies to undermine the rights of women, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ people.

Tracking Trump: Jeff Sessions
Previous Tenure Aligned With Weakening Roe v. Wade

Under William Barr’s leadership, the U.S. government argued against abortion access in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. The case weakened Roe v. Wade and opened the door to harmful state restrictions on abortion.

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Promoting ‘Traditional Values’

William Barr wants to use the law to promote "traditional values" and increase the role of religion in government. Barr condemned "the homosexual movement," called for subsidizing religious schools, and said the government should "restrain sexual immorality."

Daily Beast
Opposing Roe v. Wade

At his first confirmation hearing in 1991, William Barr said Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court case that affirmed women’s constitutional right to access abortion — should be overturned and left to the states. Currently, about 20 states are poised to ban access to abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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Letting Anti-Abortion Activists Block Clinic Entrances

William Barr once urged a federal court to let anti-abortion activists in Kansas physically block entrances to health centers that provide abortion. As attorney general, Barr could decide not to enforce federal law that prohibits violent tactics used by anti-abortion activists.

Washington Post
Supporting Deployment of Militarized Police on Protesters

Supporting Deployment of Militarized Police on Protesters
William Barr supported Trump’s deployment the Secret Service, military police, National Guard, and other armed officers on people protesting peacefully against police violence, white supremacy, and the murder of George Floyd in June 2020. The police used smoke canisters, shields, pepper balls, and horses to force demonstrators out of Lafayette Square so Trump could get a photo op with a bible in front of the historic St. John’s Church.

USA Today

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