Merrick Garland Said He Will Not Stand By Silently – Watch
Attorney General Merrick Garland made a surprise move when meeting before the media. He made it clear that he “personally approved” the decision to seek a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump’s private residence in Palm Beach, Florida.
Garland also announced that he filed a motion to unseal the search warrant and property receipt from the FBI’s raid because of “substantial public interest” in the matter. With some intensity, the attorney general defended the integrity of his law enforcement officials.
Garland said, “Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of Justice Department and of our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly without fear or favor under my watch. That is precisely what the Justice Department is doing.”
“All Americans are entitled to the even-handed application of the law to due process of the law and to the presumption of innocence,” Garland stressed.
“At this time, there are, however, certain points I want you to know,” Garland said.
“First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland said.
“Second, the department does not take such a decision lightly,” Garland said.
Garland then addressed “recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors.”
“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” he said. “The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants. Every day they protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their safety while safeguarding our civil rights. They do so at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves.”
“I am honored to work alongside them,” Garland said. “This is all I can say right now. More information will be made available in the appropriate way and at the appropriate time.”