Merrick Garland rapidly erasing Trump effect at Justice Department

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  3 weeks ago  •  20 comments

By:   Zachary Basu, Axios

Merrick Garland rapidly erasing Trump effect at Justice Department

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Merrick Garland rapidly erasing Trump effect at Justice Department









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Zachary Basu
Fri, April 30, 2021, 5:30 AM





Attorney General Merrick Garland is quickly negating the Trump administration’s law enforcement legacy, dismaying conservatives with a burst of aggressive reversals and new policies.




Why it matters:   As a former prosecutor and respected federal judge, Garland's devotion to the rule of law has always been core to his identity. That reputation has taken on new importance in his first 50 days on the job, after four years of allegations that Trump's DOJ was improperly politicized.

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  • Attorney General Bill Barr   played a central role in the Trump administration's most high-profile controversies, from   undermining   the Russia investigation to   intervening   in the cases of indicted Trump associates to   ordering   the forcible clearing of protesters in Lafayette Square Park.

  • DOJ's broad authority   also overlaps with many of the issues at the top of President Biden's agenda, including restoring faith in government, promoting racial justice and police reform, and curbing gun violence.

Driving the news:   Liberal fears   that the soft-spoken Garland might   resist prosecuting   Trump and his allies for the sake of unity were partially eased on Wednesday, when   news broke   that federal agents had raided the Manhattan home of Rudy Giuliani.

  • The U.S. Attorney's Office   for the Southern District of New York, which Giuliani once led, is known to be highly independent.

  • But under Attorney General Bill Barr,   the department repeatedly blocked SDNY prosecutors from executing a search warrant for Giuliani's electronic records in the final months of 2020, according to the   New York Times .




The Justice Department also   announced   on Wednesday that three Georgia men were charged with federal hate crimes in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, whose death was a rallying cry during last year's racial-justice protests.

  • In Michigan , a   superseding indictment   was filed against five men accused of plotting last year to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with prosecutors referring to the alleged crimes as "domestic terrorism" for the   first time .

  • That shift comes   amid   new developments   in the investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which   has been described   as the most complex probe in DOJ history. Garland, who played a leading role in the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing,   has vowed   to make prosecuting the Capitol rioters his "first priority."

Other major steps   taken in Garland's first 50 days include:

  • "Pattern or practice"   investigations into the   Minneapolis   and   Louisville   police departments, following the deaths last year of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

  • A 30-day " expedited review "   into how DOJ can better prosecute and track hate crimes amid a surge in violence against Asian Americans.

  • The   revocation   of a Trump-era policy   that restricted federal funding for "sanctuary cities."

  • Responsibility for five of the six   executive actions   on gun control ordered by Biden.

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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

"Merrick Garland Rapidly Erasing Trump Effect At Justice Department"

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Tessylo
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2  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

The Justice Department also      announced       on Wednesday that three Georgia men were charged with federal hate crimes in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, whose death was a rallying cry during last year's racial-justice protests.

  • In Michigan   , a      superseding indictment       was filed against five men accused of plotting last year to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with prosecutors referring to the alleged crimes as "domestic terrorism" for the      first time   .

  • That shift comes   amid    new developments    in the investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which    has been described    as the most complex probe in DOJ history. Garland, who played a leading role in the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing,    has vowed    to make prosecuting the Capitol rioters his "first priority."

This is freaking awesome!

 
 
 
MrFrost
PhD Principal
2.1  MrFrost  replied to  Tessylo @2    3 weeks ago

They are traitors, they should all be locked up...forever. 

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
Professor Expert
3  FLYNAVY1    3 weeks ago

Did Billy Barr get a Trump pardon?

 
 
 
JBB
PhD Principal
3.1  JBB  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3    3 weeks ago

No...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3    3 weeks ago

he was never convicted of anything...yet...

 
 
 
MrFrost
PhD Principal
4  MrFrost    3 weeks ago

Bill Barr never did figure out that he was the AG for the USA, not Trump. Barr was corrupt to the core. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MrFrost @4    3 weeks ago

He was the former occupant of the White House's consigliere.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @4.1    3 weeks ago

One can not occupy a consigliere.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.1.2  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1.1    3 weeks ago

Thank you for erasing that shitstain trump's thuggery and that of his consigliere Barr, Mr. Garland!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.2    3 weeks ago

who is occupying a consigliere?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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4.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tessylo @4.1    3 weeks ago

More like a butt plug buddy.

 
 
 
JBB
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5  JBB    3 weeks ago

The man who convicted Tim McVeigh is on the job!

With Righteousness on his side, may he well prevail.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

General Garland has been a busy bee, hasn't he? This is what the USA Attorney General is supposed to do, it's obvious that he know he works for the people

 
 
 
Tessylo
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6.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @6    3 weeks ago

I bet this administration and Mr. Garland has done more work for US in his time in office than the former criminal enterprise of an administration ever did in four years.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

What a blessed relief that Mr. Garland is erasing all the thuggery of the former criminal enterprise of an 'administration'.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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7.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Tessylo @7    3 weeks ago
What a blessed relief that Mr. Garland is erasing all the thuggery of the former criminal enterprise of an 'administration'.

Erasing is one thing, but he also needs to be looking into charges against the leaders of all that thuggery.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ozzwald @7.1    3 weeks ago
That shift comes   amid    new developments    in the investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which    has been described    as the most complex probe in DOJ history. Garland, who played a leading role in the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing,    has vowed    to make prosecuting the Capitol rioters his "first priority."

I heard there were still at least a 100 more arrests to be made.  

 
 
 
Drakkonis
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8  Drakkonis    3 weeks ago
Why it matters:As a former prosecutor and respected federal judge, Garland's devotion to the rule of law has always been core to his identity. That reputation has taken on new importance in his first 50 days on the job, after four years of allegations that Trump's DOJ was improperly politicized.

So I am to take it that Garland will properly politicize it now?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
8.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Drakkonis @8    3 weeks ago

Nonsense.

 
 
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