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AG Garland Accuses GOP Of Abusing Power

Attorney General Merrick Garland criticized Republicans for using their congressional authority as a partisan tool after nearly all GOP members voted to hold him in contempt of Congress. Garland expressed disappointment in a statement, emphasizing that the vote undermined the constitutional separation of powers, jeopardized the integrity of ongoing Justice Department investigations, and disregarded the extensive information already provided to Congressional committees.

“I will always defend this department, its employees, and its critical mission to protect our democracy,” Garland declared after the 216-207 vote. Despite the formal censure resulting from the vote, it is unlikely to have any practical consequences, as such actions merely refer the issue to the Justice Department, which then determines if prosecution is warranted.

The controversy centers on Republicans’ demand for audio recordings of a conversation between President Biden and special counsel Robert Hur, despite already possessing a transcript. President Biden has invoked executive privilege over these recordings, supported by a Justice Department legal opinion that justifies resisting the subpoena.

Garland’s forceful response marks a sharper tone in defending his department from what he views as unfounded and harmful GOP attacks. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, he warned that such partisan targeting threatens the safety of department staff and the democratic process itself. Garland criticized the use of conspiracy theories and misinformation for political gain, cautioning against the long-term damage to the country.

He also refuted GOP claims that the Justice Department influenced state-level legal actions against former President Trump, describing these allegations as baseless and an assault on the judiciary. Additionally, the Justice Department confirmed it had no communications with the Manhattan district attorney’s office regarding Trump, further debunking conspiracy theories.