U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Denies Wrongdoing, Vows to Uphold Justice
In a compelling interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland vehemently refuted accusations of political bias within the Department of Justice. Garland, alongside co-host Scott Pelley, addressed the widespread criticism head-on.
One Rule for All
“We do not have one rule for Republicans and another rule for Democrats,” Garland asserted. “We don’t have one rule for foes and another for friends. We don’t have one rule for the powerful and another for the powerless, for the rich or for the poor, based on ethnicity. We have only one rule; and that one rule is that we follow the facts and the law, and we reach the decisions required by the Constitution, and we protect civil liberties.”
Garland acknowledged that he couldn’t discuss the ongoing federal criminal cases involving former President Donald Trump due to the Department’s policy. He emphasized the importance of protecting privacy, civil liberties, and the integrity of investigations.
Addressing critics who accused him of timing prosecutions to harm Trump’s chances in the 2024 election, Garland firmly stated, “Well, that’s absolutely not true. Justice Department prosecutors are nonpartisan. They don’t allow partisan considerations to play any role in their determinations.”
Garland also made it clear that he maintains no communication with President Joe Biden or anyone else in the administration regarding the cases involving Trump. When asked what he would do if Biden requested action, Garland asserted his commitment to integrity.
Commitment to Integrity
“I am sure that that will not happen, but I would not do anything in that regard,” Garland affirmed. “And if necessary, I would resign. But there is no sense that anything like that will happen.”
The segment further highlighted that President Biden himself faces a criminal investigation by a special counsel regarding his handling of classified materials. Additionally, Hunter Biden, the President’s son, currently faces federal gun charges and remains under investigation for other business matters.
Garland assured that the results of the special counsel’s report would be made public to the extent permitted by law, providing transparency and accountability.
Transparency and Accountability
“Usually, the special counsels have testified at the end of their reports, and I expect that that will be the case here,” Garland stated confidently.
With unwavering determination, Garland’s interview shed light on his commitment to upholding justice, impartiality, and the rule of law.
How does U.S. Attorney General Garland emphasize the independence of the Department of Justice from political influences?
Ismiss the perception of bias that some have, but he emphasized that decisions made by the Department of Justice are grounded in facts and the law, not political motives. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say, ‘If the Department of Justice does not bring the case that I think it should bring, it must be because the Department is politically biased.’ That is simply not true,” Garland stated.
Furthermore, Garland emphasized the importance of the Department of Justice’s independence from political influences. “The essence of rule of law is that like cases be treated alike,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter what the political views of the people in the Department of Justice are…We can never be influenced by politics or political considerations.” He added that the Department’s decisions are made based on the law, the facts, and the evidence presented.
When asked about former President Trump’s claims of election fraud in the 2020 election, Garland reiterated that the Department of Justice reviewed these claims thoroughly and found no evidence to support them. He reaffirmed the Department’s commitment to protecting the integrity of elections and ensuring that every vote is counted.
In addressing concerns about the politicization of the Department of Justice, Garland expressed his commitment to upholding the values of justice and the rule of law. “Our job is to protect the rights and the safety of the people of the United States, and we’re gonna do it without fear or favor,” he said.
Garland also discussed the recent efforts by some states to pass restrictive voting laws, stating that the Department of Justice will review these laws to ensure they do not violate any federal laws or constitutional rights. He emphasized the importance of access to voting and the need to combat any attempts to limit people’s ability to exercise their rights.
Throughout the interview, Garland remained steadfast in his commitment to upholding justice and invigorating public confidence in the Department of Justice. “We want to make sure that all Americans know that we are doing our job with the highest integrity,” he declared.
Garland’s interview on “60 Minutes” served as a strong rebuttal to the accusations of political bias within the Department of Justice. As the U.S. Attorney General, Garland’s words and actions carry significant weight in shaping the course of justice in the country. His unwavering dedication to adhering to the rule of law and protecting civil liberties will undoubtedly cement his legacy as a defender of justice.
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