FACT CHECK: No, William Barr Has Not Been Executed By The Military

Trevor Schakohl | Legal Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims the military killed former Attorney General William Barr at the Guantanamo Bay detention center on August 2.

Verdict: False

Barr is alive and has not been arrested. The claim stems from a website that says it features “humor, parody, and satire.”

Fact Check:

Barr served as attorney general under former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump, according to the Justice Department. The August 13 Facebook alleges that Barr was “put to death” by the military over a week prior. “Just after sunrise, GITMO security escorted Barr from his Camp Delta detention cell to gallows near Windward Point Lighthouse on Gitmo’s southern edge, where other Deep State agents had met their maker,” the post reads.

There is, however, no record of Barr being arrested, taken to Guantanamo Bay and killed by the military. Check Your Fact searched through the Justice Department’s press releases, but found no mention of Barr’s death. The Defense Department’s press releases likewise include no information about Barr being arrested or killed by the military.

Had Barr been arrested, detained at Guantanamo Bay or killed by the military, media outlets certainly would have reported on it, yet none have, except to debunk the claim. (RELATED: Did The Military Convict William Barr Of Treason?)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said during an August 5 appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he hoped Barr would come forward to speak about the reasons for his resignation in the aftermath of the 2020 election, as seen in footage of the episode. Durbin’s appearance on “Morning Joe” aired three days after the post alleges Barr was killed.

The claim about Barr being executed appears to stem from an Aug. 13 article published by Real Raw News bearing the headline: “Military Eliminates William Barr.” Real Raw News includes a disclaimer stating that the website contains “humor, parody, and satire.” The Facebook post does not contain such a warning, passing the information off as genuine.

This isn’t the first time a false claim has stemmed from a Real Raw News article. In June, Check Your Fact debunked the baseless claim that Barr was convicted of treason.

Trevor Schakohl

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