Merrick Garland

August 12, 2022

Report: Someone Close To Trump Tipped Off FBI

An informant tipped off the FBI about what documents former President Donald Trump was keeping at his Mar-a-Lago residence and where to find them, according to multiple reports.

The FBI raided Mar-a-Lago on Monday. Various media outlets and Trump’s son, Eric Trump, have suggested that it was because of material the former president took from the White House to his home.

Two unnamed senior government officials told Newsweek that an informant revealed to authorities what documents Trump had in his possession and where they were kept.

According to the outlet’s sources, the raid was executed while Trump was away to keep the process under wraps for as long as possible. One official said the move was a “spectacular backfire” after the raid received immense backlash.

The Wall Street Journal’s reporting corroborated the information from Newsweek. The Journal also spoke to unnamed officials familiar with the situation who confirmed that an individual told investigators that there were classified documents at Trump’s Palm Beach residence.

On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.”

“The department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken,” Garland said.

Sources: Newsweek | The Wall Street Journal | Axios

January 6, 2022

AG Garland Doubles Down on Jan. 6 Prosecutions

Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the Justice Department’s prosecution of participants of the January 6 riot, saying that charges may extend to people who didn’t set foot in the Capitol.

“The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last. The Justice Department remains committed to holding all January 6 perpetrators at any level, accountable under law, whether they were present that day, or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy. We will follow the facts wherever they lead,” Garland said.

According to The Hill, Garland’s “remarks came as Democratic lawmakers voice impatience with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) apparent unwillingness to target leaders who may have prompted the attack on the Capitol.”

Garland defended the DOJ’s strategy in a lengthy speech on the eve of the incident’s one-year anniversary.

“We build investigations by laying a foundation. We resolve more straightforward cases first because they provide the evidentiary foundation for more complex cases. Investigating the more overt crimes, generates linkages to less overt ones. Overt actors and the evidence they provide can lead us to others who may also have been involved and that evidence can serve as a foundation for further investigative leads and techniques,” Garland said.

“Those involved must be held accountable. And there is no higher priority for us at the Department of Justice,” he added.


Garland vows prosecutions ‘at any level’ over Jan. 6

November 13, 2021

BREAKING: Steve Bannon indicted for refusal to comply with Jan. 6 subpoena

A federal grand jury indicted Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to then-President Donald Trump, for failing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

According to the Justice Department, Bannon was indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress. One count for refusing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the indictment reflected the Justice Department’s commitment to ensuring that it “adheres to the rule of law.”

“Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law,” Garland said.

CNN reported that a judge had already signed an arrest warrant for Bannon.

Each count carries a minimum of 30 days of jail, with a maximum sentence of one year.


Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury for contempt of Congress

Photo by Gage Skidmore. License: CC BY-SA 2.0.

October 12, 2021

Sen. Grassley joins GOP demands to AG over parent protests

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) joined the group of all-Republican senators in demanding the Justice Department “not interfere with the rights of parents to come before school boards and speak with educators about their concerns.”

The letter comes after Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Oct. 4 memo. Garland announced that the DOJ would implement measures to address threats made toward school personnel following a recent “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

The senators responded with a jointly-written letter, arguing that the parents were exercising their First Amendment rights.

“The school board meetings at issue in the National School Boards Association letter largely appear to involve parents being frustrated by COVID-19 mask mandates for children as well as the possibility of school curricula newly incorporating the controversial academic discipline generally known as critical race theory,” the letter read. “Parents who get upset about these topics, and others, are engaging in speech that is clearly protected under the First Amendment.”

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AK), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) also signed the letter.


Sen. Grassley joins Republican senators’ demands of AG Garland following threats memo

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