Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice Has a Lot of Camp Runamuck’s Messes to Clean Up

But they're on the wrong side of things on William Barr's Mueller Memo.


Esquire: Under Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Department of Justice has come staggering, blinking and stunned, from the bowels of Camp Runamuck, where it was interned for four years. Just over the past week, we’ve seen DOJ reveal that, under the previous administration*, the department grabbed the phone records of reporters for the New York Times. Earlier, the DOJ revealed that, under its previous management, it had gone fishing around in the communications of reporters at the Washington Post and CNN. From the Times:

Lord, I long for the days when we can all go at least six months without a story involving James Comey’s bungling of his job as regards the 2016 presidential election. Here we find that he got played like a tin drum by the Russian ratfckers.

Yes, that would have been tragic. Yeesh.

Anyway, Garland’s walking something of a tightrope in his new gig. Recently, he took considerable heat for arguing that a crucial memo regarding William Barr’s meddling in the Mueller investigation should be kept secret. The DOJ has appealed a ruling from a federal judge that the memo be released in full. While Garland’s DOJ has a great deal of precedent on its side, it’s hard to fathom why any departmental precedent should apply to the former administration*, which didn’t recognize anything done by any presidency back to Washington’s. But Garland seems to have that same institutionalist twitch that occasionally has afflicted all the people trying to repair the damage done over the past four years. The fact that the filibuster isn’t in ashes yet is proof enough of that.

However, Garland’s DOJ isn’t sitting on its hands, either. From the Washington Post:

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  1. The executive branch has too many cabinet positions, and the first one that should come out is the AG.
    The attorney General for the US should be a 6 year term so as to overlap executive terms, and they should be chosen by federal judges and the state AG’s. Having our justice by political appointment, will always produce political justice. It will not side with we the people, but instead preserve its political clout. The bumbling stumbling foot dragging is unacceptable.
    What we see, and what is tangible, is that the presidency comes with a personal lawyer.

  2. The worst policy ever put in place was the rules of “alternative defenses”. It literally made lying in court for both attorneys AND THE JUDGE, standard procedure, with no judge or lawyer held accountable.

    Imagine if they made a rule of “one truthful defense”….. it would simplify everything, take half as much time in court and make this (present) den of thieves honest again.


    • “alternative defense,?”
      Are you saying they allow the defense to come at the “truth” from different angles until they get it right?

  3. Garland is too goddamn milquetoast! For starters, he needs to fire the four attorneys still employed by the DoJ who were involved in the secret investigation of congressional committee members that were investigating 2016 Russian election meddling. That was subversion of government, straight up! No excuses. Although Biden promised hands off on the DoJ, he may need to rethink this AG appointment, and bring in someone with the stones to prosecute these people!

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