Donald B. Ayer
Donald B. Ayer
|24th United States Deputy Attorney General|
1989 – May 1990
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Harold G. Christensen|
|Succeeded by||William P. Barr|
|United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California|
|Preceded by||Francis M. Goldsberry II|
|Succeeded by||Peter A. Nowinski|
|Born||April 30, 1949|
San Mateo, California
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
Education and career
Ayer graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1971, with great distinction. In 1973, he graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Arts in American History, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. He clerked for Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, followed by a year with Associate Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1976 Term.
From 1977 to 1980, Ayer served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Ayer as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, and he held that position from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 to 1988, he served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, and as Deputy Attorney General from 1989 until May 1990, when he was succeeded by William Barr.
In a June 2019 Atlantic article entitled "Why Bill Barr Is So Dangerous," Ayer wrote of Bill Barr, then the attorney general and Ayer's successor as deputy attorney general in 1990, that "the primary effect of Barr’s conduct to date has indeed been to befuddle and mislead, and create a public misimpression, for those who have not read Mueller’s report, that [President Trump] may not have interfered with the investigation," but that, "a careful review of Barr’s conduct suggests that his mission is far more grandiose that just misleading people about the facts," adding, “in Barr’s view, the only check on gross misconduct by the president is impeachment, and the very idea of an independent or special counsel investigating the president is a constitutional anathema."
Ayer has a wife, Anne, and two children.
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- "Thornburgh Denies Shielding Aide : Justice Dept.: The attorney general says he didn't try to hide the official's failure of a lie detector test". Los Angeles Times. May 21, 1990. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
- Ayer, Donald (June 30, 2019). "Why Bill Barr Is So Dangerous". The Atlantic.
- Ayer, Donald B. (October 30, 2016). "Opinion: Comey's mistaken quest for transparency". Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
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