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GW Law Faculty Moving To Rescind AG Barr’s Honorary Degree In ‘Secret’

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A group of faculty members at the George Washington University Law school are moving to rescind Attorney General William Barr’s honorary degree and to have his name removed from the Dean’s Suite all because they are politically opposed to President Donald Trump, according to three concerned GW Law students who spoke to this reporter on the condition of anonymity.

The Daily Beast first reported that faculty members were weighing the decision, but their sources signaled that they weren’t going to move forward “for now.”

However, the students, who spoke via phone to this reporter, confirmed they had knowledge of a “secret meeting” that took place between Law school faculty members and that a final vote on the decision is set for this Thursday, June 11. The action by faculty came shortly after Barr’s meeting with President Trump last week and the Park Police’s actions in clearing Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Barr had been closely monitoring the protests and violent riots in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd.

Kerri Kupec, the AG’s spokesperson, declined to comment on the matter.

Historically, GW has awarded honorary degrees to a number of prominent global figures and it appears that the distinction has only been taken away from one person, Bill Cosby after he was charged with sexual assault in 2015.

“I heard that the faculty secretly convened to rescind Bill Barr’s honorary degree, and, in that meeting, a faculty member claimed that the majority of students favored the move,” One student told this reporter. “For two years now, I’ve been wanting to host the Attorney General, but for fear of being ‘canceled’ by the students and the faculty and not being able to get a job after law school, I’ve refrained from doing that. It’s shocking to me that I can’t host the U.S. Attorney General who happens to be a GW Law graduate because of this.”

The student added, “Bill Barr has donated so much time and money to our law school and now they’re going to cancel him. What message does this send to our other donors? If you were going to donate money to the Law School, would you do it knowing that one day the school would betray you and ruin your name? They will take your money, they will write your name on the Dean’s Suite and then once they’re done with you, they’ll character assassinate you and throw you in the garbage.”

A second student told this reporter, “This is ridiculous and it doesn’t reflect the desires of the entire student body, including myself. He is a good man and a distinguished alumnus.”

Ten faculty members met last Thursday to request that the Dean’s Office convene for an emergency meeting, according to the students. The Dean’s office fulfilled their request to discuss the proposed move, all within a 24-hour period, which a third student called the swift action “absolutely unprecedented.”

“Faculty meetings at GW never happen this quickly,” the third student explained. “They’re usually at least a few days notice hear and the call to action and the subsequent meeting all happened within 24 hours, which many of the faculty couldn’t even attend it because of the short notice. So basically the only people who attended this meeting are for the most part those that want to take Barr’s name down. It’s like a lynch mob. That’s what this is.”

The student said the faculty believes, “Bill Barr has abused his power and that he’s politicizing the Justice Department, and, therefore, his honorary degree should be revoked and his name should be taken off the Dean’s Suite.”

The late Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is a notable name on the list of the Law School’s honorary degree recipients, despite being charged by international human rights organizations for torturing and repressing his own citizens.

The third student continued, “It’s just ridiculous. It’s literally a lynch mob. They have no facts. They literally are just acting on pure emotion and pure political partisan BS. And the law school and the University have only one time in GW history rescinded an honorary degree. And that was for Bill Cosby. So, basically they are equating the only two-time attorney general with being a sexual predator.”

Barr received his J.D. from GW Law in 1977 and his honorary degree in 1992 when he delivered the school’s commencement speech serving as AG in George H.W. Bush’s administration.

Between 1996 and 2012, he served on the school’s Board of Advisors. In 2005, the School’s Dean asked Barr to head the school’s fundraising campaign. During that time, Barr personally donated to the program. To honor his dedication to the program, the school’s Dean Suite was named after him.

In 2014, Barr was selected to be a member of the Admiral Stockton Society and was given an adjunct faculty position.

In 2015, Barr was appointed to co-teach a constitutional law course.

In 2016, Barr was selected by the university again for the Stockton Society for his lifetime contributions.

In 2017, Barr received the Stockton Guard Alumni Award by The George Washington Law Alumni Association for his extraordinary service to the school, his decorated career, and for his continued support of the school.

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Adviser to Fauci bragged about helping him evade FOIA, ‘he is too smart’ to get caught

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic published evidence ahead of a hearing that explains the senior scientific adviser to then-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci actually bragged about helping Fauci evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The adviser, David Morens, admitted in his own communications to intentionally evading FOIA by using a Fauci’s private Gmail address or just handing him documents in person, according to the newly disclosed emails.

The 35-page report on Morens includes previously unreleased emails including:

An April 21, 2021 email shows Morens contacted EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, whom Morens has described as his “best friend” and a U.S. taxpayer conduit for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as well as Boston University and New England Biolabs researchers.

The subject line references “CoV research in China, GoF, etc.,” referring to EcoHealth-facilitated coronavirus research at WIV that could make a virus more transmissible or dangerous. The National Institutes of Health recently admitted it funded gain-of-function research under that definition but not a stricter regulatory definition.

“PS, i forgot to say there is no worry about FOIAs,” Morens wrote. “I can either send stuff to Tony on his private gmail, or hand it to him at work or at his house. He is too smart to let colleagues send him stuff that could cause trouble.”

A May 13, 2021 email to the same recipients referred to “our ‘secret’ back channel” by which Morens connected Fauci to a journalist named “Arthur,” apparently to discuss the feds’ preferred narrative that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally rather than via lab leak. The email cited an article on the message board Virological.

Gerald Keusch, associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Institute at BU, emailed Daszak Oct. 25, 2021 to relay a phone conversation with “David,” who is “concerned about the privacy of text” and email sent and received on his “government phone” because they “could be FOIA’able.”

“Tony has told him not to be in touch with you and EHA for the time being,” Keusch wrote. Morens relayed that Daszak should get his story straight on EcoHealth’s claim that NIH locked it out of the system when it tried to file its year-five progress report that disclosed an arguable gain-of-function experiment.

Earlier in the day, Morens told Daszak “i will be meeting with Tony about this later on.” The subject line of the thread was “Draft response to Michael Lauer,” deputy director for extramural research at NIH.

Morens also told Daszak that Fauci and then-NIH Director Francis Collins are “trying to protect you, which also protects their own reputations,” apparently meaning against allegations that U.S. tax dollars passed through EcoHealth funded research that may have led to SARS-CoV-2’s emergence.

The subcommittee said it found emails that revealed “likely illegal” practices, including an April 2020 email in which Morens shared a “new NIAID implementation plan” with Daszak and an August 2020 email in which Daszak mentioned a “kick-back” to Morens after NIH awarded $7.5 million to EcoHealth.

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