Edwin Meese

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Person.png Edwin Meese   C-SPAN NNDB Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornEdwin Meese III
Oakland, California, U.S.
Alma materYale University, UC Berkeley School of Law
Children • Scott Meese
• Dana Lynn Meese
• Michael "Mike" Meese
SpouseUrsula Herrick
Member ofCommittee on the Present Danger/Members, Mont Pelerin Society
United States Attorney General in the 1980s, during the Reagan Administration.

Employment.png United States Attorney General

In office
February 25, 1985 - July 5, 1988
DeputyArnold Burns
Preceded byWilliam French Smith

Employment.png US/President/Counselor

In office
January 20, 1981 - February 25, 1985

Edwin Meese was a United States Attorney General in the 1980s.

Corruption allegation

William C. Duncan, the former Special Operations Coordinator for the Southeast Region of the Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service gave a deposition that he had received information that Barry Seal had "directly" given Edwin Meese a "several hundred thousand dollar bribe".[1]

Arms to Iraq

Meese was aware of, but sworn to secrecy about the Arms-to-Iraq arms deals.[2]

Promoting the "War On Terror"

He attended the 1984 Washington Conference on International Terrorism.

Career as U.S. Attorney General

Meese became Attorney General in February 1985, holding this office until August, 1988, when he resigned due to his role in the Wedtech scandal.[3] The report of special prosecutor James McKay cleared Meese of criminal wrongdoing, but criticized him for ethical lapses, especially regarding bribes to Israel not to attack an Iraqi oil pipeline which benefited associates of the Attorney General. Meese described this as 'full vindication.'[4] It was during this tenure that D. Lowell Jensen, Meese's former superior at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, was his Deputy Attorney General and thus the second-ranking official in the Justice Department. Ronald Reagan voiced support for Meese as Attorney General, stating during a press conference, "If Ed Meese is not a good man, there are no good men" in response to questions about his actions at the US Justice Department.[5]


Event Witnessed

Washington Conference on International TerrorismUS
Washington DC
A key conference in establishing the "War On Terror", 5 years after the seminal Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
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