Edwin Meese

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Born Edwin Meese III
1931-12-02
Oakland, California, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University, UC Berkeley School of Law
Religion Lutheran
Children • Scott Meese
• Dana Lynn Meese
• Michael "Mike" Meese
Spouse Ursula Herrick
Party Republican

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In office
February 25, 1985 - July 5, 1988
Deputy Arnold Burns
Preceded by William French Smith

Employment.png Counselor to the President

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, served as 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]


  1. http://prorev.com/wwduncan.htm
  2. Document:Maggie's Guilty Secret
  3. Jackson, Robert L.; John J. Goldman (1989-08-09). "Wallach Found Guilty of Racketeering, Fraud: Meese's Friend, Two Others Convicted in Wedtech Scandal". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. Meese Resigns, LA Times, 5 July 1988
  5. "Speaker Bio: Edwin Meese". The Leadership Institute. Retrieved 14 May 2013.