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Garland: Highly Partisan DOJ Will Not Shy Away from ‘Political’ Cases

'We begin with the cases that are right in front of us with the overt actions and then we build from there... '

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland told NPR that his Department of Justice plans to take on highly politicized cases coming from the Jan. 6 rallies, Newsmax reported.

Garland stated that he will not shy away from legislating from the bench and politicizing the courts.

“We are not avoiding cases that are political or cases that are controversial or sensitive,” Garland said.

Nonetheless, he denied that his DOJ will make decisions based upon partisan concerns.

“What we are avoiding is making decisions on a political basis, on a partisan basis,” Garland said.

He also suggested that the DOJ will not stop prosecuting until all criminal acts from that day have been punished.

“We begin with the cases that are right in front of us with the overt actions and then we build from there,” Garland said. “And that is a process that we will continue to build until we hold everyone accountable who committed criminal acts with respect to Jan. 6.”

He later noted that the department is working hard to comb through all footage of that day in order to ensure that nobody slips through the cracks.

“We’ve issued thousands of subpoenas, seized and examined thousands of electronic devices, examined terabytes of data, thousands of hours of videos,” he told NPR. “People are working every day, 24-7, and are fully aware of how important this is.”

Garland also claimed that his mission is to secure peaceful transitions of power, which is the most fundamental part of republican government.

“This had to do with the interference with the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another. And it doesn’t get more important than that.”

Garland also addressed the Democrats’ push for ‘voting rights,’ suggesting that some states, as well as the Supreme Court, have gotten in the way of this pursuit.

“That has not prevented us from being bringing cases against states that have instituted practices and procedures,” he concluded.

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