August 8, 1991 |
The White House announced that Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh will resign soon and be replaced at least temporarily by Deputy Atty. Gen. William P. Barr. White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said in Kennebunkport, Me., where President Bush is vacationing, that Thornburgh "hasn't given us a date yet." Thornburgh is expected to seek the Senate seat left vacant when Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania was killed in a plane-helicopter crash near Philadelphia.
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June 13, 1992 |
U.S. Atty. Gen. William P. Barr has suggested that the rise of anti-Semitism and hate crime in the United States is linked to "the crumbling of traditional values." At a dinner June 7 of Agudath Israel, an Orthodox Jewish movement, he said "current anti-religious activity" may be "fueled by increasing secularization.
February 17, 1992 |
THE PIPER STAYS HOME: Atty. Gen. William P. Barr, who joined the Cabinet last year vowing he would take time off this summer to compete in the world bagpipe championship, has quietly shelved the plans. . . . After 2 1/2 months on the job, Barr is convinced he doesn't have the time needed to play with the Denny & Dunipace Band, a group that plans to compete for the world title. One main reason: Practice time comes to six hours a week.
November 13, 1991 |
William P. Barr, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, denied that the Justice Department was taking too long to act on the Bank of Credit & Commerce International scandal. "All allegations that have surfaced are being pursued vigorously," Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said further evidence was needed before indictments could be sought.
July 29, 1992 |
Insisting that it was not an election-year gambit, Atty. Gen. William P. Barr on Tuesday recommended 24 ways to fight violent crime at the state and local level, with an emphasis on tougher penalties, longer sentences and more prisons. Many of the measures have already been adopted by the federal government and, to a lesser extent, several states, including California.
November 12, 1991 |
For congressional watchdogs assigned to keep tabs on the executive branch, an order to look into something at the Justice Department used to ruin their day. When Dick Thornburgh was attorney general, he routinely refused to meet with them at all, and his aides continually challenged their authority to investigate sensitive subjects.