Attorney General Merrick Garland Rebukes ‘False Narratives’ About Justice Department During House Hearing

Garland will speak before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Attorney General Merrick Garland will take strong action Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee against the “false” and “extremely dangerous” stories he says are being spread about the Justice Department.

The hearing comes as Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives threaten to hold Garland in contempt for withholding data they subpoenaed from special counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents after his vice presidency, including audio recordings of Hur’s interview.

“Certain members of this committee and the Oversight Committee are seeking contempt as a means to obtain – without legitimate purpose – sensitive law enforcement information that could damage the integrity of future investigations,” Garland will say, according to prepared remarks released by the Department of Justice. “This effort is only the latest in a long line of attacks on the work of the Department of Justice.”

Additionally, Garland, according to his comments, will directly dispute claims that the department had any involvement in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into former President Trump — which resulted in a jury convicting him of 34 crimes last week.

“That conspiracy theory is an attack on the judicial process itself,” Garland is quoted as saying in his remarks.

He will also reprimand “baseless and extremely dangerous falsehoods … being spread across the FBI’s law enforcement operations,” he is expected to say, an apparent reference to conspiracy theories spread by former President Trump and his allies that Biden authorized the use of deadly weapons. force in the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.

In late May, Garland called Trump’s accusation, which came after documents were unsealed by the special counsel investigating the ongoing federal investigation into those missing documents, “false and extremely dangerous.”

“The document referenced in the indictment is standard Department of Justice policy, which limits the use of force as recommended by the FBI as part of its standard operations plan for search warrants,” Garland previously told reporters. “And in fact, it was even used in the consensual search of President Biden’s home.”

As part of the Aug. 8, 2022, operation at Mar-a-Lago, FBI agents were given a standard policy document limiting the use of deadly force, the unsealed memo said.

“It’s because individual career officers and prosecutors have been singled out just for doing their job,” Garland will say. “And it comes at a time when we are seeing horrific threats of violence against career Justice Department officials. These repeated attacks on the Department of Justice are unprecedented and unfounded.”

Garland is expected to further adhere to the Justice Department’s recent decision to urge President Biden to assert executive privilege over the remaining records from Hur’s investigation, arguing that handing over the materials could have the effect of jeopardizing future high-profile research.

“I consider contempt to be a serious matter. But I will not jeopardize the ability of our prosecutors and agents to do their jobs effectively in future investigations,” Garland will say. “I will not be intimidated. And the Justice Department will not be intimidated. We will continue to do our work, free from political influence. And we will not shy away from defending our democracy.”

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