Tag Archives: Merrick Garland

Merrick Garland Visits Ukraine To Discuss War Crimes

NBC News reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland is making a surprise visit to Ukraine on Tuesday, according to a Department of Justice spokesperson. Garland is meeting with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova “to discuss U.S. and international efforts to help Ukraine identify, apprehend, and prosecute those individuals involved in war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.” A number of alleged …

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Buffalo Gunman Charged With Federal Hate Crimes

The Associated Press reports: The white gunman who killed 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket was charged Wednesday with federal hate crimes and could face the death penalty if convicted. The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Payton Gendron coincided with a visit to Buffalo by Attorney General Merrick Garland. The attorney general met with the …

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Garland: Yes, DOJ Prosecutors Are Watching Hearings

MSNBC reports: As one former Trump campaign staffer told the bipartisan congressional committee, “I don’t believe there is actually a fund called the ‘Election Defense Fund.'” And where, pray tell, did this quarter of a billion dollars go? Some of the money helped pay for Trump’s pre-riot rally just south of the White House on Jan. 6, but the bulk …

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Garland Announces Probe Into Uvalde Police Inaction

Axios reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announced the Department of Justice’s team of nine people that will conduct a review of local law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde mass shooting, which killed 19 children and two adults last month. Local and state law enforcement officials in Texas have faced intense criticism as more details about their immediate response …

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Garland Shrugs Off Pressure To Move Faster On Jan. 6

Axios reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday said he would not give in to pressure to expedite charges stemming from the Jan. 6 investigation in the House. Democrats are pushing Garland to charge Trump loyalists who have refused to cooperate with subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee probing the Jan. 6 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol. “The only …

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Delta CEO Asks Feds To Create National No-Fly List

Reuters reports: Delta Air Lines wants the U.S. government to place passengers convicted of on-board disruptions on a national “no-fly” list that would bar them from future travel on any commercial airline, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian, in a previously unreported letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, said the action “will help …

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LIVE VIDEO: Merrick Garland Speaks On Capitol Riot

Watch right now, this is already underway: Attorney General Merrick Garland will give a speech Wednesday about the Justice Department’s efforts to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, remarks that come as the country’s top law enforcement officer is facing calls to do more. In announcing the address, scheduled for the day before …

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Wednesday: Garland To Deliver Speech On Riot Probe

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland will give a speech Wednesday about the Justice Department’s efforts to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, stressing the department’s “unwavering commitment to defend Americans and American democracy from violence and threats of violence,” a Justice Department official said. The remarks will be directed at …

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Fox Puts Gun Sights Over Parents In Garland Piece

Mediaite reports: Fox News’ graphics department engaged in some questionable special effects by suggestively depicting Attorney General Merrick Garland putting a target on concerned parents. The show established the slant of their coverage from the very start as the narrator announced “Republicans grilling Attorney General Merrick Garland over targeting parents.” During the remark about “targeting parents,” Fox switched to a …

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Garland: FBI Will Take Measures To Address “Rise In Criminal Conduct Directed Toward School Personnel”

From the Department of Justice: Citing an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools, today Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next 30 days with federal, state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders to discuss strategies …

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Justice Department To Sue Texas Over Abortion Ban

Politico reports: The Department of Justice is planning to sue Texas as soon as this week, POLITICO has confirmed, a move that comes just days after Attorney General Merrick Garland said his department is exploring options to challenge the state’s strict abortion law. While the lawsuit could come as soon as Thursday, it’s possible the timeline will be pushed back, …

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DOJ To “Protect” Women Seeking Abortion In Texas

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday that the Justice Department would protect women seeking an abortion in Texas as the agency explores ways to challenge one of the most restrictive laws in the nation. In a statement, Garland said the department would “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services pursuant to our criminal …

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DOJ Bans Seizure Of Reporters’ Records In Leak Probes

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions, reversing years of department policy. The new policy largely codifies the commitment Garland made in June, when he said the Justice Department would abandon the practice of seizing reporters’ records in leak investigations. It …

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Garland Orders Temporary Halt To Federal Executions

NBC News reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered a temporary stop Thursday to scheduling further federal executions. In a memo to senior officials, he said serious concerns have arisen about the arbitrariness of capital punishment, its disparate impact on people of color, and “the troubling number of exonerations” in death penalty cases. “The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone …

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DOJ Task Force To Go After Threats To Election Workers

Democracy Docket reports: On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will form a criminal task force to investigate threats made against election workers across the country. The task force will put the resources of multiple DOJ divisions, including the Criminal Division, Civil Rights Division and the FBI, behind efforts to protect the workers who …

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DOJ Marks 500th Riot Arrest, 100th For Assaulting Cop

Via press release from Attorney General Merrick Garland: The Department of Justice reached several benchmarks in our investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. We have now crossed the threshold of 500 arrests, including the 100th arrest of a defendant on charges of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer. This morning, we arrested our first defendant on …

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DOJ To “Strengthen Rules” After Trump Spying Scandal

The Washington Post reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday that the Justice Department would beef up its policies for obtaining lawmakers’ records and vowed “strict accountability” for officials who let politics affect their work, issuing a lengthy statement amid a metastasizing controversy over department efforts during the Trump administration to obtain the data of congressmen, journalists and even the …

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Garland: DOJ To Double Staff Working On Voting Rights

NBC News reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that he plans to double the number of staff within the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division dedicated to protecting voting rights. “There are plenty of things up for debate in America, but the right of all eligible Americans to vote is not one of them,” Garland said. The staffing surge would …

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DOJ Announces Probe Into Minneapolis Police Dept

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a sweeping investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a “pattern and practice” of illegal conduct, according to a source familiar with the inquiry. The investigation, coming one day after ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s murder and manslaughter conviction, will seek to establish whether the state’s largest police department …

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DOJ: We’ve Nabbed 474 For $569M In COVID Fraud

Via press release from the Justice Department: The Department of Justice announced an update today on criminal and civil enforcement efforts to combat COVID-19 related fraud, including schemes targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs. As of today, the Department of Justice has publicly charged 474 defendants with criminal offenses …

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