Barbara Olson was an American lawyer, author, and conservative television commentator. Born on December 27, 1955, in Houston, Texas, she became known for her legal career, her prominent role in Republican politics, and her appearances as a legal analyst on various television programs. However, her life was tragically cut short on September 11, 2001, when she was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Barbara Olson attended the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She then went on to pursue a law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City. After graduating in 1980, she began her legal career as an associate at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.
In the 1980s, Barbara Olson rose to prominence as a prosecutor in the Office of the Independent Counsel during the investigations into the Iran-Contra affair. She played a crucial role in the prosecution of several individuals involved in the scandal, which involved the illegal sale of weapons to Iran by the Reagan administration in exchange for the release of American hostages.
Olson’s legal expertise and conservative views led her to become actively involved in Republican politics. She served as the chief investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, working under Congressman Henry Hyde during the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton in 1998. Her work in this capacity brought her national recognition and solidified her reputation as a staunch conservative.
Throughout her career, Barbara Olson also made frequent appearances on television as a legal analyst and commentator. She became a regular guest on various news programs, including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, where she provided insightful analysis and commentary on legal and political issues. Her articulate and assertive style of argumentation earned her respect and admiration from both supporters and critics alike.
In addition to her legal and political work, Olson was also an accomplished author. She wrote two books that garnered significant attention and praise within conservative circles. Her first book, “Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” published in 1999, offered a critical examination of Hillary Clinton’s political career and controversies. Her second book, “The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House,” published in 2001, delved into the final months of the Clinton administration and the controversies surrounding President Clinton’s pardons.
Tragically, Barbara Olson’s life was cut short on September 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. She was on board American Airlines Flight 77, which was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon. Her untimely death shocked the nation, and she was posthumously awarded the President’s Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush for her extraordinary courage and contributions.
Barbara Olson’s legacy lives on through her legal and political work, her insightful commentary, and her books. Her dedication to conservative principles, her fearlessness in expressing her views, and her commitment to justice and truth continue to inspire many. Despite her tragic end, she will be remembered as a prominent figure in American politics and media, leaving behind a lasting impact on the conservative movement.
1. University of St. Thomas: https://www.stthom.edu/Public/getFile.asp?File_Content_ID=100063
2. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law: https://www.cardozo.yu.edu/
3. Willkie Farr & Gallagher: https://www.willkie.com/
4. Iran-Contra affair: https://www.history.com/topics/1980s/iran-contra-affair
5. House Government Reform and Oversight Committee: https://oversight.house.gov/
6. “Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton”.
7. “The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House” book: [Insert relevant source]
8. American Airlines Flight 77: https://www.911memorial.org/learn/resources/about-flight-77