William Barr’s controversial actions as U.S. attorney general have for months been weighing heavily on faculty members at George Washington University Law School—the campus that issued his law degree in 1977 and where he had served as a fundraiser and adviser over the decades.
The final straw came June 1, when Barr issued an order for federal police in riot gear to clear peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington so President Donald Trump could pose for photos in front of a church. The square is just four blocks from the law school, and some students and faculty were ensnared in the protest and its aftermath.
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