AG Merrick Garland guarantees swift motion in spying on the Democrats scandal
Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged that action would be taken to stop the Justice Department’s spying on the Democrats.
Garland said in a statement:
As I discovered during my confirmatory hearing, political or other inappropriate considerations should not be part of any investigative or prosecutor’s decision. These principles, long considered sacrosanct by the DOJ staff, are vigorously observed under my supervision, and any failure to comply will be punished with strict accountability.
There are important issues that need to be addressed in connection with the division’s efforts to maintain records of members of the Congress and Congress personnel. I have accordingly ordered the matter to be referred to the Inspector General, and I fully trust that he will conduct a thorough and independent investigation. If at any point in the course of the investigation action is warranted in relation to the matter in question, I will not hesitate to act quickly.
In addition, and while this review is pending, I have instructed the Assistant Attorney General, who is already working to uncover potentially problematic matters that deserve a high-level review, the Legislative Record Preservation Department’s existing policies and procedures to evaluate and strengthen. In line with our commitment to the rule of law, we must ensure that the separation of powers is given full weight in the future.
It is good to change the guidelines for obtaining Congress members’ records. Better yet, fire the people who were involved in keeping records during the Trump administration.
There is no doubt that Attorney General Garland has good intentions, but the DOJ Garland returned to is not the same one he left many years ago. House cleaning has started, but much more needs to be done. The Justice Department has a corruption problem caused by the former president and his two AGs.
Merrick Garland must clean up corruption before he can begin restoring the Department of Justice.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association