Garland says attacks on DOJ 'dangerous for our democracy' as House prepares to hold him in contempt

"This must stop," Garland wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

Published: June 11, 2024 8:45am

Updated: June 11, 2024 9:33am

Attorney General Merrick Garland says the Justice Department and agency employees have now become the target of "dangerous" and "unfound attacks," as the GOP-led House attempt to hold him in contempt of Congress.

"Continued unfounded attacks against the Justice Department's employees are dangerous for people's safety. They are dangerous for our democracy. This must stop," Garland wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

He made similar remarks at a hearing last week before a Republican-led House committee – in which he also said he would not be "intimidated" such attacks.

The focus of contempt effort is Garland's refusal to turn over an audio recording of President Biden's interview with Justice Department special counsel Robert Hur for the investigation into Biden's handling of classified documents.

Republicans have also been critical of Garland's handling of the FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago property.

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