Garland Declines to Provide Communications to Disprove ‘Conspiracy Theory’

( – Despite being asked to do so by the House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has refused to share correspondence between his office and that of New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg or the Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis.

Garland was testifying on Tuesday, June 4th, following the decision by two GOP-led House committees to progress with resolutions holding him in contempt. The hearing’s focus was on accusations that the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) has been politicized and used as a weapon, particularly against Donald Trump, Pres. Biden’s main rival in the upcoming elections. Garland firmly refuted any such notion and dismissed it as a “conspiracy theory.” He repeatedly argued that the DOJ exerts no influence over state attorney offices and has had no involvement in lawsuits against Trump.

When Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) asked Garland to share his office’s correspondence with the District Attorney offices for New York and Georgia, Garland refused, simply saying that state offices “make their own decisions.” Gaetz responded that if he provided the inter-office communications, then he would be able to prove his assertion.

Garland remained tight-lipped throughout much of the questioning. When Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) queried Garland’s involvement in the DOJ decision not to release audio files of special counsel Robert Hur interviewing Pres. Biden and Garland refused to speak about the subject. Pres. Biden used his executive privilege in May to block the audio files’ release. Instead, only a transcript of the interview, in which Hur questioned Biden on the mishandling of documents, has been made available. Later, Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-WY) accused Garland of stonewalling and refusing to assist the committee appropriately.

The U.S. Attorney General was adamant that he was in fact “defending [U.S.] democracy.” He used his opening speech to the committee to claim that some members of the committee were simply trying to get a hold of sensitive information and would jeopardize future investigations should they succeed. He added that he refused to be “intimidated” or to allow his position or the DOJ at large to become politicized.

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