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Fresh update on "merrick garland" discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"10 years, negotiators have said the $1.2 trillion measure is fully paid for including through economic expansion from new transportation projects. The CBO projects increased revenues of $50 billion in direct spending cuts of $110 billion, but discretionary spending would increase by more than $400 billion boxes. Jared Halpern, an appeals court in Texas has upheld the murder conviction of the former of Dallas Police officer Amber Geiger found guilty in the 2018 killing apart from John Geiger's attorney had argued that she was returning home from a long shift and still Jean's apartment, which was directly below hers for her apartment and thought he was an intruder. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and is eligible for parole in 2024. Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced the Justice Department will investigate the city of Phoenix and its police department. The attorney general says police dealings with the disabled and the homeless won't get a close look as being on the edge of policing. This makes police officers jobs more difficult. Increases unnecessary confrontations, confrontations with law enforcement. And hinders public safety. This will be a pattern of practice investigation. In a statement, PHOENIX Mayor Kganyago says she welcomes the review and will support the process boxes. GURNAL Scott the Coast Guard says six people have died when their sightseeing plane crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska. America is listening.
The Department of Justice Abuses Its Power Over Texas and Georgia
"But just to further point out what's going on that the Department of injustice Here we have Georgia punches back national Review and spirited motion to dismiss Department of Justice, Election Integrity lawsuit so you can see it's actually Merrick Garland. And his happy band of comrades who are interfering with federalism who are interfering with the authority of the states. Isaac Sure, the state of Georgia filed a motion to dismiss the Department of Justice lawsuit aimed at its new, much malign The pattern Here is the outrageous rogue Nissen Villiger and illegality of the Department of Justice. Much malign election integrity law. SB 202, calling the legal action a politicized intrusion. Into the state of Georgia is constitutional authority to regulate the time place and manner of its election. So The one hand we have garland interfering with Texas. Now we have, um, interfering with Georgia. And by the way, they've also made a threat to the states that are conducting audits of the past election. He's making another threat. So basically Merrick Garland is the general counsel to the Democrat National Committee. As are the happy band of comrades. At his department. Georgia Secretary of state Brad Raffensperger. Concurred. They Friday interview with National Review that the left had an agenda that they were going to push regardless of what the state's legislature did no matter what was passed. They were going to be against it in the DOJ, just in effect, parroted what was already out there. With the misinformation, the disinformation. What you saw is the Stacy that Stacy Abrams and her allies two weeks before the bill was even passed. What? Jim Crow two. Oh, two, and they hadn't even finalized what the reading of the bill
Fresh update on "merrick garland" discussed on Buck Sexton
"Lisa let Sarah Fox News Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has moved to end debate on the roughly $1 trillion Infrastructure bill with a possible vote Saturday as a government agency examined what it would add to the deficit. Congressional Budget Office finds on net The bipartisan infrastructure agreement would add $256 billion in projected deficits over the next 10 years. Negotiators have said the $1.2 trillion measure is fully paid for including through economic expansion from new transportation projects. The CBO projects increased revenues of $50 billion in direct spending cuts of $110 billion, but discretionary spending would increase by more than $400 billion boxes. Jared Halpern, an appeals court in Texas has upheld the murder conviction of the former of Dallas Police officer Amber Geiger found guilty in the 2018 killing apart from John Geiger's attorney had argued that she was returning home from a long shift and still Jean's apartment, which was directly below hers for her apartment and thought he was an intruder. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and is eligible for parole in 2024. Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced the Justice Department will investigate the city of Phoenix and its police department. The attorney general says police dealings with the disabled and the homeless will get a close look as being on the edge of policing. This makes police officers jobs more difficult. Increases unnecessary confrontations, confrontations with law enforcement. And hinders public safety. This will be a pattern of practice investigation. In a statement, PHOENIX Mayor Kganyago says she welcomes the review and will support the process boxes. GURNAL Scott the Coast Guard says six people have died when their sightseeing plane crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska. America is listening to Fox.
It's Time to Stand up Against U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland
"This department is headed by a man who the Democrats so desperately wanted to be on the United States Supreme Court. Merrick Garland. He is, in fact, a radical hack. You'll notice. The Republicans don't really hammer this guy. That was it would hammer Republican attorneys general They don't call for investigations. They don't call for impeachment. Nothing. The Democrats were calling for impeachment of Donald Trump before he became president, the United States. Kind of an odd thing, but none the last day the support of the corrupt media You never hear about impeachment when it comes to Joe Biden, who has violated our constitution in myriad ways. And the way these people rule over us with an iron fist. So as right scoop properly points out. You've got Biden's hack. Attorney general, warns the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, to immediately rescind his new executive order. As Reuters writes. US Attorney General Merrick Garland yesterday warned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to immediately rescind a new executive order aimed at curbing the travel into the state. Of undocumented immigrants who may pose a risk of transmitting covid 19. Notice all the PC language from Reuters. The order violates federal law. Numerous respects and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the executive order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States, Garland told Abbott in a letter. Now that's interesting. But we still have sanctuary cities and stinks thanks to various states, Mr Producer. Who defy federal immigration law. Anywhere not challenged by this administration or this Department of Justice.
Justice Department Urges Texas to Halt New Migrant Order
"Hi Mike Rossi are reporting the justice department urges Texas to halt a new migrant order the justice department is threatening to sue Texas governor Greg Abbott over his new order that allows state troopers to stop and turn around vehicles carrying migrants in a letter Attorney General Merrick garland told Abbott his order is both dangerous and unlawful garland added that Texas has no authority to interfere with the federal government's broad powers of immigration abit issued the directive Wednesday the order allows the Texas department of public safety to stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion that it is providing ground transportation to a group of migrants hi Mike Rossio
Trump Ally Tom Barrack Charged With Acting as UAE Agent
"Another. Close trump associate arrested and charged with crimes of corruption. And his name is tom. Barrack is a billionaire businessman. He is accused of illegally lobbying. Donald trump on behalf of the united arab emirates prosecutors in the eastern district york today. Unsealing a huge seven count. Forty six page. Indictment go through it. We've got a reporter. Who's reporting on this. But this is a very important development a bunch of reasons not the least of which because when we last met here at this desk last night we were talking about the fate of the rule of law in the air of donald trump and particularly in the period where the justice department changed hands from attorney general in bar and then the final days of the trump administration. The lackey jeff rosen to joe. Biden's new attorney. General merrick garland last night. Here on this program. We were critical of the fact that justice department had according to reporting declined to prosecute trump's secretary of commerce wilbur. Ross that was according to reporting from both the associated press and government executive. Now that decision not to prosecute a came after the commerce department's own inspector general found at loss had lied to congress about a citizenship question that he wanted to add to the twenty twenty cents. We have an important update to that story. The government executive have both issued corrections. Clarifying that in fact it was the trump justice department that made the decision not to prosecute. Ross not the biden administration which is of course a very very big difference
Justice Dept. Formally Prohibits Seizure of Reporters' Records
"The justice department is reversing years of policy when it comes to seizing phone records of journalists even leak probes president Biden has called the seizures wrong journey general Merrick garland said last month his department would stop the practice man today he's formally banning it there will be some exceptions including situations with imminent risks like kidnappings or if a reporter suspected of working for a foreign power or terror group garland's movie aims to resolve an issue that's long vexed federal prosecutors we're trying to balance first amendment rights of reporters against the government's desire to protect classified information Sager mag on the at the White House
Federal Executions Halted; AG Garland Orders Protocols Reviewed
"The justice department is stopping federal executions after a spate of inmates received capital punishment in the final year of the trump administration Attorney General Merrick garland says he's imposing a moratorium on federal executions while the justice department reviews its policies and procedures expressing concern about equal justice in the criminal justice system and humane treatment with questions over the use of some drugs provided in a lethal injection the trump administration carried out thirteen federal executions in a six month period after announcing they would resume in twenty nineteen although our review is under way to buy need ministration recently asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber Jackie Quinn Washington
Attorney General Merrick Garland Announces Lawsuit Over Georgia Voting Law
"And now. It's the united states of america versus the state of georgia today. The justice department filed a lawsuit against georgia for violating the civil rights of black voters with its new election law assistant attorney general for civil rights. Kristen clark said this our complaint today. Alleges that several provisions of sp two. Oh two were past. With a discriminatory purpose. In violation of the voting rights act. These legislative actions occurred at a time when the black population in georgia continues to steadily increase and after his historic election. That saw record voter turnout across the state particularly for absentee voting. Which black voters are now. More likely to use than white voters are complaint challenges several provisions of sp two to on the grounds that they were adopted with the intent to deny or abridge black citizens equal access to the political process. A general merrick garland said the justice department is evaluating other restrictive. Laws recently passed in states with republican legislatures. But he also asked for help from congress. We are using every method at all in our enforcement efforts but that is not enough. We urge congress to act to provide the department with important authorities. It needs to protect. The voting rights of every american
Justice Department Suing Georgia Over Voting Restrictions
"Suing Georgia over the state's new election law, the Department of Justice alleges that Republican State lawmakers in Georgia rushed through a sweeping overhaul with an intent to deny black voters equal access to the ballot. Announcing the lawsuit, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he will not hesitate to act where we believe the civil rights of Africans have been violated. GOP lawmakers in the state pushed back immediately alleging a forceful defense of Georgia's law. Greg
AG Merrick Garland and Democrats Are Fabricating Sytemic Racism in Georgia
"Here's the truth about America. You really have to look hard for systemic racism. And so they concoct it, they manufacture it. As they're doing here. The state of Georgia. Go ahead and by the way before we go ahead notice. It's the Democrats States that can't count the vote. It's New York City that has to wait three weeks until they know who the Democrat Party nominee, it's New York state that tries to stop a Republican from winning a congressional district would repeated recounts. How does that expand the vote? They mean expand the Democrat parties corruption. Go ahead. Among other things, I expressed concern about the dramatic rise in state legislative actions that will make it harder for millions of citizens to cast a vote folks to make it harder for millions of citizens to cast a vote. It doesn't mean you're making it hard. For millions of citizens the cast, But let me repeat this. To make it harder for people to vote doesn't mean you're making it hard for people to vote. It means you're trying to put rational policies in place to ensure the integrity of the franchise. So other people aren't denied their rights. Because people are voting in ways they shouldn't So, basically what's happening here is Merrick Garland. Is doing the bidding of Stacey Abrams. He's doing the bidding of the Democrat Party. He's doing the bidding of Democrat lawyers like Marc Elias. He's doing the bidding of Joe Biden. Nobody is prevented from voting. Since when is it? So difficult to get a voter ID. It's not difficult in the least.
Biden Regime Is Full of Racist, Anti-Semites Including AG Merrick Garland
"I have never seen such a blatantly Tyrannical, teetering on totalitarian regime is the Biden regime. And it is a regime. It's not an administration. How passive No, it's an active regime. And they have turned. The Department of Justice says the Democrats typically do into a And appendage. Of the Democrat Party. The radical wing. The marks a swing of the Democrat Party. Some of the most outrageous Racists. Outrageous anti Semites appointed in this administration populate the Department of Justice. From the associate attorney general to the head of the civil rights division and several others. It is appalling. What's taking place here? Now they're they're going to sue the state of Georgia, the Legislature of Georgia. Under a law that was passed. 1965 Because they want you to believe that what's taking place here? Is an effort to repress suppress. Oh press, whatever. The black vote. In other words, Merrick Garland is a political hack doing the dirty work. The president of the United States. There's some time coherent. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Lunch bucket, Joe This guy Merrick Garland was said to be a moderate. When Obama nominated him to the United States Supreme Court, So you see how they lie. There's nothing moderate about this
Justice Department Sues Georgia Over New Voting Law
"The justice department is suing georgia over. Its new voting law. The law signed in march changed. How people vote absentee and where they can drop off their ballots. Attorney general merrick garland are complaint alleges that recent changes to georgia's election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of black georgians to vote on account of their race or color in violation of section two of the voting rights act. Republicans argued that the law was needed to restore voter confidence in the integrity of georgia elections. Governor brian camp criticized the lawsuit in a tweet on friday saying it was born out of quote lies and
Justice Department Suing Georgia Over State's New Voting Law
"The justice department is suing Georgia over the state's new elections law George is among more than a dozen states that have passed restrictive voting laws Attorney General Merrick garland says the Georgia law seems aimed at denying black voters equal access through more stringent requirements on absentee ballots and fewer drop boxes in the Atlanta area among other things where we believe the civil rights of Americans have been violated we will not hesitate to act Georgia Republicans are pushing back governor Brian camp accuses the blighted ministration of lying about the law and now weaponizing the justice department Sager mag ani Washington
Airlines, Unions Demand Crackdown on Unruly Passengers
"With a steep rise in the case of passengers getting out of control on airline flights, Coalition of unions is calling for more prosecutions dealing with a rising number of passengers who fight flight attendants refused to wear masks and cause other problems on planes. A coalition of aviation groups has sent a letter to the head of the FAA and Attorney General Merrick Garland. Urging for unruly passengers to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They want the prosecution's made more public to put a spotlight on the serious consequences of breaking the law while in flight
"merrick garland" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Race and law at morehouse college and currently working on a book about the voting rights act. Well paula reid. First of all talk to me about about how merrick garland has has talked about what he sees. Doj's role is in protecting voting rights in two thousand twenty one. This has been one of the areas in which he is sort of willing to wait into the larger political debate. He's been clear that where they see violations of people's constitutional rights here they will not hesitate to act. He's also taking a pretty dim view of the so-called audits underway in arizona. And we have to remember on this particular issue. It's not just the attorney general It's also the number three at the justice department vanita gupta who will likely have a big role in this and if you look at her record she has been nothing if not aggressive in defending civil rights during her time in the obama justice department and her work outside government during the trump administration so it does appear that on this particular issue is willing somewhat to wade into the political conversation and not only has he teed this up in a way that he could make this one of his signature issues but he also has a deputy who is likely expected to be very aggressive on this. Do you think that That garland the doj have adequate tools at their disposal. Even after the shelby beholder ruling will certainly not to the extent that they did prior and under the trump administration. I mean that part. The civil rights department of the justice department was really got it then largely dormant so no their ability to really police. This is not what it was before but it does appear that they have no choice to address the issue right looking at. What's going on across the country. This is clearly a priority for a lot of republicans doesn't look like this is going to get resolved in congress so he has to do something and it does appear that of all of the issues. This is one where he is willing to leave. Lean in a little bit more. Okay well frank you know regarding domestic terrorism you said that The government has the habit of throwing more people at a problem. It sounds like you know even though the civil rights division had been gutted. Throwing more people at the problem is part of of garland's approach on voting rights who in doubling the civil rights division staff. What do you think about that. I think so i. I applaud that that effort be if it results in more action. Because you know bodies need to translate to action and time's a wasting as they say with regard to these so-called fraud it's that are occurring because look he mcgowan's between a rock and hard place here. I get the fact that if he were to sweep in and say have the us. Marshals raid this Cabin in montana where allegedly the maricopa of votes are have been sequestered and it would be a very dramatic scene immediately. There would be those on the right who say look at this. He's stopping valid audit clearly. He's become highly political. And we'll never get to the truth. And i think i think he almost is taking a strategy strategy of look we sent a wetter. We told them be really careful. You're you're on thin ice when it comes to securing your ballots. We're taking a look at it but the almost now might be waiting for how this comes out to then challenge it so that he can say well. I let it happen. You got your your fraud it. But here's the dilemma with it and here's the tied to domestic terrorism. You get what you pay for in these so-called products and so it's been paid for by people who want fraud to be found whether it exists or not and there's no evidence that it does exist so when they come out and announce holy cow You know it looks like trump Actually won arizona all based on nonsense Cyber ninja findings. Now you've you're left with a public perception among those on the right who will be inspired to take action even violent action based on those findings so garlan sitting there. Do i move now and get accused of being political and stopping and audit. Or do i wait for very dangerous false findings to be announced that could inspire violence. This is why garland seems to have the toughest cabinet position in the biden administration. Well paula reid. We keep bumping up against this question about how to navigate politicisation of the actions of the justice department but it must be stated clearly that the broader picture of voting rights rules being changed in various states in this country have all happened through perfectly legal processes. Right i mean legislatures have Have have passed laws that were signed by governors. And so you know the fraud. It's aside if if garland and the doj get involved in any capacity regarding those state level. Laws how can it not be perceived as anything but political exactly. I mean it would depend on the specific instance something that is validly passed by a state legislature. He's not necessarily going to get involved in that. That is something that could potentially though. Be the center of a lawsuit that slowly makes its way to the supreme court You'd have to look at it case by case he certainly has a role to play. The civil rights. Division has a role to play this issue. Right it's just getting more and more broad. This is clearly a priority. It's not just happening in one state or tuesdays. It's happening across the country in different formats and he absolutely has a role to play through his civil rights division and it does appear that he is willing to engage on this just as he also is willing to engage on domestic terrorism and on police reform which are easy examples of how he is in fact different than his predecessors. Okay so we've got about four minutes left here and the last piece of this puzzle that i wanna get to one paula. That i know you have a ton of reporting on but it's a way to look at how garland's next steps might shed light on how he's running the justice department and that is congressman matt gates as is under investigation. How is this a test. Coming up for attorney. General garland so anytime. The justice department even considers charging sitting congressman or woman. That is an enormous undertaking. You have to make sure that the investigation that the charges are devoid of any sort of a political political ambitions. Any sort of political motivation. Here we know a lot about the investigation into congressman gates. Not only from our reporting but also the fact that his longtime friend and colleague jill greenberg who is charged with thirty three federal counts. He's entered into a plea deal and from that plea deal. We've learned a lot about the overall investigation we know. The congressman is under investigation. Not only for questions about having sex the minor possible sex trafficking public corruption and potentially obstruction of justice. Now we know from our sources. This investigation is still active. They're still bringing witnesses before the grand jury because you really gotta make sure you're crossing your ts and dotting. Your is if you're going to bring potential charges against a congressman to main justice. This is not something that's just going to happen in florida. This is something that's going to have to go to main justice where the public integrity unit has been working on this case. But if they if they charge congressman gates. I mean this could really be a political football for the attorney general. Because he's sending republican congressman..
"merrick garland" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"But in practice. That's going to be a really difficult thing to do. Yeah so i actually want to hear from both of you little bit more about that when we come back from a quick break. We are scrutinizing the first three months of attorney. General merrick garland tenure at the department of justice. Much more when we come back. This is on point. This is on point. Meghna choco bardy. And today we're taking a close look. At attorney general. Eric garland's first three months as the head of the department of justice and what his actions as attorney. General tell us about his view of justice overall in america and whether or not he is making progress on his promise to de-politicize the doj and to build trust in the department once again. I'm joined today by paula reid. She senior legal. Affairs correspondent for cnn. She's with us from washington. Frank figliuzzi is also with us as well former. Fbi assistant director. Juries nbc news national security contributor and host of the podcast the bureau with frank figliuzzi and he joins us from tucson arizona. And frank i just wanted to quickly pick up on what. Paula mentioned right there. Before the end of the previous segment about attorney general garland very assiduously staying away from saying that the doj would investigate ideology. Right i mean because when he announced the national strategy to push back on domestic terrorism he he basically said explicitly quote we do not prosecute people for their beliefs that across the world extremist or terrorist labels have at times been fixed to those perceived as political threats to the ruling order but there's no place for partisanship in the enforcement of the law. The justice department will not tolerate any such abuse of authority. But what does it tell you That he is saying that he's going to stay very very far away. From using the power of the justice department to a to do anything up route the ideology which has which led to the attacked on congress on january six. Well first let me state clearly. He's he's absolutely right on the money you. We must preserve civil liberties and privacy and free speech if we're going to preserve our country and democracy as we know that but i think we're kind of falls down is the notion that somehow securing our nation and preserving civil liberties are are mutually exclusive. They can't they can't be done together and the absolutely can be done together. And his repeated statements on this and even the thirty some odd page national strategy for countering domestic terrorism goes out of its way almost contorts itself in its language to say we're not looking at ideas and rhetoric were only gonna gonna look at violence and then this new phrase that's been introduced by the way called imminent violence so now you know if anybody were to say frank have you seen any different change in stance and how this might be invested. The change i see is now. We're saying we're putting an adjective in front of violence and calling it imminent violence so in the old days you know prior strategy. He almost wait for the violence to happen. And then come in and clean up afterwards and now we're seeing imminent violence so that is encouraging but again we're nowhere near a government. What even facebook can do on a daily basis. They have sophisticated algorithms that. Tell them even anonymously. This user is talking about hurting somebody repeatedly and at the point where that becomes a concern. They can then send that tip over to the fbi. They do it every single day and it can be done anonymously and then the fbi can come back and say please tell us the identity of that user until i see an approach like that being offered I'm not convinced that the this the rules have changed enough to get us to a place where we can prevent the next act of domestic terrorism. Well i have to say. I really appreciate you pointing out the addition of that one adjective about imminent violence. Because i guarantee you that is going to be a civil. Libertarians are going to be focusing on that with with with a laser like intensity as time goes on but listen of franken paula. We also have to before we get too much further towards the end of the show have to talk about voting as well as another major area of the doj's focus of garland focused in particular because first of all. Let's just listen to what he said earlier this month. When garland unveiled his plan plan to protect voting rights. There are many things that are open to debate in america but the right of all eligible citizens to vote is not one of them. The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. The right from which all the rights ultimately flow now key part of the garland plan is to double the doj civil rights division staff and that division forces voting rights protections but adrian jones is a professor of politics race and law at morehouse college in atlanta and she says that the division no longer has one of its strongest mechanisms for protecting the right to vote that is pre clearance if your state had used a test or device to restrict the vote or to restrict registration and less than half of the black voting age population in your jurisdiction or state had voted in particular. You presidential elections jurists state or jurisdiction. We'd need to submit any new voting law for review from the federal government now pre-clearance protections were eliminated in that twenty thirteen supreme court decision of shelby v holder but professor jones says the justice department still has important oversight powers as part of the voting rights. Act i do. Want merrick garland to use those additional people to oversee elections with a election observers. Which provided for both in hr four and in the voting rights act at also like him to Enforce section eleven of the voting rights. Act which prohibits voting fraud right voting twice and making sure that people are not falsely registering to vote and professor jones says she wants garland to be aggressive in addressing nationwide efforts to change state level voting laws. People are in danger as a result of these elections Georgia elected officials. Georgia candidates georgia voting activists were subject to threats and violence in two thousand eighteen and twenty twenty nationwide. We've had people threatened in twenty twenty their concerns about what happened in the miracle. A county recount Not only in terms of threatening people and making them uncomfortable but the fact that you now review their information and been able to have an opportunity to identify who they are Bees are the kinds of things that went on during jim crow adrian jones..
"merrick garland" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"As we have been an enormous task ahead to move forward as a country to punish the perpetrators to do everything possible to prevent similar attacks and to do so in a manner that affirms some values on which our justice system is founded upon which our democracy depends resolve and dedication with which the justice department has approached the investigation of the january. Six attack reflects the serious illness with which we take this assault on a mainstay of our democratic system. The peaceful transfer of power. Well joining us. Now is frank figliuzzi. He's a former. Fbi assistant director. He's currently nbc news national security contributor and also host of the podcast. The bureau with frank figliuzzi frank. Welcome back to the show. Thanks for having all right. So you heard. Attorney general garland directly tie the new national strategy to combat domestic terrorism to the january six attack. What's your first take on. What garland is proposing read through it several times The document runs about thirty pages and my initial reaction is that it's largely devoid of the kind of details that i think america needs to hear and see because without those details. It's far less of a blueprint and just kind of more of a of a sketch of where this strategy might be going. I'll give you some examples and they tie into the discussion. You just had with paul about this whole dilemma of being conservator attorney general. And whether not you know being a conservator might actually required to be require you to be more assertive activists in order to bring To the ship Rate the ship so for example in the strategy we see language aimed at using quote non governmental entities for things like threat assessments and Remaining aware of what's going on out there well bet we don't know what that means. Is this an attempt to essentially outsource threat. Analysis is that does that mean that. The rules within the doj fbi have not been changed. And therefore we're going to let the private sector maybe even big tech Which has a very robust analysis component to it. Are we going to let them do it. Does that circumvent all the rules. And regulations of why the fbi can't spy on american citizens we simply don't know And then when it comes to the big question in the strategy of hey should we have a a law against domestic terrorism There's an entire section that In very contorted languages says we're kind of fixing to get ready to think about. We might need a new law. So i think i think the devil's in the details and the details are missing here right. Well i mean regarding whether or not we need a new law to combat domestic or to define domestic terrorism. There is a great deal of debate over that we you were on the show When we talked about it there's a lot of people. There are many people who think that extent law may actually be enough but but garland also talked about hiring more agents expanding to put very broadly the reach of the doj. Can you talk a little bit about that frank. Sure we're you know when we have a crisis in our in our government like this we see a threat. Now it's internal or we've seen external at nine eleven. We tend to throw bodies at it. And even things like deadbeat dad laws carjacking. We went through a period of a carjacking in major cities. Becoming a problem. And what did we do. We we pointed to the fbi and other agencies we said more bodies more analysts more money And and and let's try to tackle this and that's something that that we do. But i'm here to tell you based on my experience. Twenty five years as an fbi agent and talking with on board fbi agents. That's all well and good and they'll take it but until the rules of the road change until they're allowed to do more and more tools are put in their toolkit to combat domestic terrorism namely to kind of take off the rains in terms of assessing through perhaps sophisticated algorithms millions of of social media messages that speak toward violence until that's more permitted. I'm concerned that january six could repeat itself and so while we're putting all the steps in place for very whole of society approach articulated in this national strategy. Nothing's changed with regards to the fbi's governing policies. Well as i read it. It's a four pronged plan that includes what one hundred million dollars in the twenty twenty two proposed budget for adding that personnel. We talked about bolstering ranks. Prosecutors analysts and investigators paula reid. We've just got about thirty seconds before the next break. What do you think of francs concerns about what's missing from garland's whole of country proposal here. Oh spot on. There's a lot of money being thrown a lot of words being thrown around but there are not a lot of details in this has been a perpetual challenge for the justice department. How do you confront domestic terrorism when you also have to be careful not to infringe on anyone's first amendment right which is why you heard. Garland there say they are going to be focused on violence not ideology.
"merrick garland" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Garland comes to the attorney. General's office with a wealth of experience. He served as a senior justice. Department official during the clinton administration led the government's investigation of the oklahoma city bombing temperamentally. He is an 'institutionalised and was a highly respected chief. Judge of the us circuit court of appeals in washington. Dc considered the most important appeals court in the nation. And of course merrick garland also endured more than two hundred ninety days as a languishing supreme court nominee blocked by the very republicans who lauded his work on the federal bench and yet in his february twenty. Twenty one confirmation hearing garland swore to push partisanship out of the department of justice. I'm not the president's lawyer I am on the united states lawyer. And i will do everything in my power Which i believe is considerable To fend off any effort by anyone To make prosecutions or investigations partisan or political. In any way my job is to protect the department of justice. Protect the doj. Well three months into his tenure. It's time to scrutinize if is achieving. That goal especially in a department described by some legal analysts as strewn with political. Ticking time bombs everywhere. Well joining me to help with this analysis. Is paula reid. She's senior legal. Affairs correspondent for cnn and she joins us from washington. Polit great to have you back on the show. I am so thrilled to be back with you today. So first of all protecting the department of justice. How monumental of task is that. Broadly speaking in two thousand and twenty one. Gosh it's hard to think of a bigger task right now. He's entering the halls of the justice department. At a time of great division morale is very low and while for the most part Paseo seven to ten years of carbon. The justice department walks people really wasn't on their radar but over the past five years Mostly during the trump administration the justice department the fbi. It's really come into a lot of people's consciousness and they are paying more attention to it They have questions about whether they can trust it. Whether it has been politicized. And whether merrick garland can actually roll back some of the concerns of the politicisation that we saw under the trump administration so the in fact i see to co centric circles of a lack of trust right. There's the the trust that might have broken down within the department itself. There's the trust across washington and various branches institutions in washington. And then of course the trusted the american people in the doj so monumental is a good way to put it. We played those clips a little earlier. Just a second ago to just remind folks. How merrick garland attorney. General garland talks about his view. Of what justice is in america Following that that languishing supreme court nomination. He went back to the circuit and was assiduously a political right. And you heard that again in his confirmation process has he met with two questions first of all has he managed to maintain that apolitical stance in the first three months of his time as attorney general. It appears so i mean. He's definitely pursuing a strong robust civil rights agenda. But if you look at what's happening in the country right now. These attacks on voting rights. He really doesn't have much of a choice but to speak up on that also questions of police reform. He has certainly laid out. Some priorities will civil rights and domestic terrorism but again domestic terrorism like civil rights. He doesn't have much of a choice if you look at. What's going on in the country. January six you see charleston charlottesville. It's been building for years. He has to as the nation's top law enforcement official really take a stance there but by and large if you look overall at the past several months. It appears that he has been pretty impartial. That's what president biden wanted but that's not what progressive democrats wanted and there have been some criticisms of him for being so impartial and for not being more aggressive particularly with how he's handled some of these holdover issues from the previous administrations. We'll talk about those issues in a second and a little later in the show we'll go. We'll dive deeper into garlands plans for the doj's Expansion of Anti domestic terrorism efforts. And what he said about voting in this country but one more thing about his background. Paul if we may. I mean what do you think. We need to understand about who. He is his previous work. His time on the dc circuit To really understand what he brings to the attorney general's office his resume is perfect is central casting for supreme court justice. Because there's a big difference. Right he was a federal judge for over twenty years. When you're judge or you're sort of is located during your chambers you're not really sort of In the fray every day even though you're designing big cases i'm but when you're attorney general of the united states you were constantly waiting into the guest controversies. I remember reading a profile. Eric holder at the time and they just said look this job as a magnet. If there is a problem it's going to stick to you eventually. And that's a big change for him. And i think what we've seen particularly over the past week or so with the subpoena story coming out which we'll talk about. I'm sure i really think we've seen him. Maybe starting to adjust to the realities that he is no longer a judge. So that's the biggest challenge. I see in terms of his resume he would have been ideal for supreme court justices writing opinions. But when you're attorney general you're going before congress. Dealing with the biggest controversies. You're having to answer questions or bisky reporters all the time. It's a big change and there's an outstanding question about whether he is the right man for this job at this moment. Well in fact as you said a second ago. This is one of the areas of criticism from a president biden's left from the left wing of the democratic party. For example we spoke with jeff houser whose founding of the revolving door project which scrutinises executive branch appointees and. He said he believes mary. Carlin despite that picture perfect cv. You talked about paula. He says garland is unprepared to lead. The doj merrick. Garland spent a generation cloistered within the judiciary developing Myopic view of the world. That did not take into account political reality. I don't think merrick garland followed the ins and outs of trump's america. I don't think he knows. Just how bad it got. And hauser also says in. His view garland is simply continuing the positions of his predecessor. Former attorney general bar. He believes that this continuity in the department of justice is a sign of independence assign that regardless of elections. The department of justice remains committed to the rule of law and just not change a haphazardly or excessively just because of an election. Which would be a reasonable thing to do if you were taking over for gerald ford paula. Reid would respond to that. What do you think. I disagree with that analysis. I think that's really cherry. Picking what has happened over the past several months. It's more complex than that. Yes the garland. Justice department has continued to defend the trump administration stance in some cases related to the president. Which we'll talk about..
"merrick garland" Discussed on Politics and More Podcast
"A nightmare for garland and i you know i feel for that. But there's a broader debate to you. Know he should use his powers. Some democrats are arguing again. Democrats have won a mandate here. They won the presidency and trump abuse the powers of the justice department by constantly pushing for political gain from every everything attorney generals did and that was a real problem with bar- So this is concerned that that again garland might be too cautious. He shouldn't be a judge. Act like a judge overseeing trial which he did successfully and very fairly for decades that the attorney general's job is different. Yeah so trump was trying to use the country's most powerful law enforcement agency and the tech sectors data-collecting to smear people. He considered his enemies. And as you say to members of the house intelligence committee adam schiff and eric swallow and again unprecedented. So this is one of the reasons. Democrats are so anxious and angry about the direction. Garland is heading they are. They want to hold trump accountable. And then frankly verma political perspective. They wanna talk about these issues publicly they want to expose the wrongdoings of trump. There's a very you know. The former president is very involved in. Politics is widely expected to run again. So they want more of this to come out. They want to remind voters of these activities and yet garland is trying to restore view of the justice department as neutral apolitical and there was a consensus. After watergate nixon was wrong and he had resigned in shame. That consensus doesn't exist. This is a deeply you know almost evenly divided country. And that's the key difference here. Yes the political landscape is is completely different and then again you live in this digital age where there's all kinds of information you can obtain and subpoena from the government. And and so. It's it's it's a. 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This is believed to be one of the largest if not the largest criminal case ever investigated by the federal government and again. The buck stops with merrick garland The biggest question adds that cases investigated is what role if any did donald trump or his allies Roger stone michael flynn to focus of suspicion play in encouraging and even coordinating the assault on the capital And because of congress's inability to agree on january six commission. Again this this hot potato lands and merit garland's hands so that's and then there's all kinds of individual people who you know who you know when inside the capitol and you know their defense attorneys are saying they didn't do anything violent inside the capitol and and they're being caught up in this whole thing and and there's an overzealous prosecution by the justice department. So it's it's an incredibly complex case and jack goldsmith told me this. That merrick garland is going to half to make very hard decisions. Who do you prosecute on january six know. Do you prosecute donald trump and again do you prosecute. Hunter biden. Joe biden son. It remind us only hunter biden case what. What's involved there. Yes there's an active investigation that's overseen by the federal prosecutors in delaware in terms of Biden's it's not clear but hundred sort of lobbying activities and whether he carried them out properly and s- closed everything he was doing. There's a similar investigation to rudy. Giuliani his lobbying both of them lobbying on behalf of foreign governments to disclose and register all their activities as they were supposed to so it's an enormous amount of work You've got a million other issues. Civil rights Things that civil rights issues. That garland wants to prioritize voting rights. He wants to defend voting rights in. Ross he's under pressure to respond to republican state legislatures restricting access in some states Many states most many many states. Most states defending abortion rights across the country. That so there's an again the policing issue I mentioned earlier. It's it's an incredibly busy and fraught to do list for america on and just getting back to january six or second. What do we know about his broader domestic terrorism strategy. Yes and so this week. The day before president biden met with president putin. The white house unveiled a new strategy for countering domestic terrorism. That's fraud as well. I've i've talked to you. Know law enforcement officials at the fbi in particular is is very leery of a policy that some democrats push for where you would designate. Certain organizations in the united states to be terrorist organizations. That has that happens with foreign groups but american citizens domestic organizations have more protections under the constitution where they can say hateful things but that's protected first amendment rights The problem is that hateful speech turns into violence which is illegal So how do you. Crackdown on domestic extremism. That can become violent without playing into the hands of sort of conspiracy theorist you mentioned representative gosar. Saying that you know these the the doj was harassing you know law abiding citizens so if there's too aggressive crackdown on domestic terrorism or domestic extremism. You can see trump and republicans saying we are the victims You know an oppressive federal government is infringing on our abilities to to say what we think in an organized politically. So janet reno served as attorney general for all eight years of bill clinton's presidency the the only attorney general more than a century to stick with the job that long do you think garland can somehow survived these unbelievable political storms. I think garland wants to survive these political storms He's determined to serve. But you have progressives already calling for him to be you know ouston. There was a piece that ran the new republic where the authors were calling for garland to be removed. They said it wasn't intentional. But his you know again. Focus on fairness his focus on defending the law and the institutional rulings by the justice department is leading him to unwittingly protect donald trump and therefore according to progressives he should. He shouldn't be the attorney general so we'll see But it's amazing and looking at all these issues you realize how much of an impact the justice department has on so many issues. It's not just about law enforcement. It's about you know again voting environmental protections anti-trust measures against big tech companies Integration immigration you. Know you name the issue you know. There's gotta be decisions by the justice department. And merrick garland. Thanks so much david. Thanks david road. An executive editor of new yorker dot com is the author of in deep the fbi the cia. And the truth about america's deep state. This has been the political scene. You can subscribe to this at other new yorker podcast by searching for the new yorker and your podcast app and find more political analysis and commentary on new yorker dot com. Feel free to rate and review us on apple podcasts. Our theme music by russell. Sp this program was produced by alex. Barron and colleague warner for new yorker dot com. I'm dorothy window. History can leave scars even one hundred years later. 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US Ends Strict Trump-Era Asylum Rules for Violence Victims
"The U. S. government has ended to trump era policies that made it harder for immigrants to qualify for asylum there's a new policy for judges announced by Attorney General Merrick garland saying they should drop previous rules that made it tougher for immigrants facing domestic or gang violence to be granted asylum in the United States an immigration attorney in Washington DC said that he recently represented a family from El Salvador the husband was killed and gang members started coming after his children but still the immigration judge denied that claim under the trump rules the lawyer says even with the changes it will still be hard to win asylum cases a key architect of some of trump's immigration policies Jean Hamilton says he thinks the bite in announcement will lead to more asylum claims being based on crime and he says that's not a reason for the humanitarian protection Jackie Quinn Washington
The New Left, Antifa, and BLM Radicals Are Made of Students and Teachers Following Critical Race Theory
"Deeply because there's a lot of professors spewing a lot of problem into the minds of our Children and grandchildren. But the point here is when you look at the new left the weather underground students for democratic action. When you look at black lives matter again, Students leading the effort when you look at Antifa again, students leading the effort. When I try and lay out in this chapter Thoroughly and comprehensively and substantively. Is what's going on in these institutions so we can devise plans, some of which I will propose to you on how to confront this because we're paying for this. We're paying for this. In one of the ways we must is to know. Who the enemy is. In this case who the enemies are Because their teachings have now Well for the left. It's like the Wuhan virus. You know, it jumped from a bat to a human being well. This has jumped from colleges to the rest of society. May I say it That way? I think I will. And these professors are the insurrectionists. They are the saboteurs. And they have their mouth pieces in the media. Many of whom are also insurrectionists and saboteurs. And when I listened to Merrick Garland speech yesterday, you know what I thought to myself, Mr Producer and being Absolutely God's honest truth with you and the entire audience. I haven't even said this to my family. These bastards are going to throw me into that category that they say are dangerous, aren't they?
AG Merrick Garland Saying What Vladimir Putin Wants Him to Say
"To an unclassified summary of the March intelligence assessment, the two most lethal elements of the domestic violence extremist threat. Are racially or ethnically motivated, violent extremists and militia violent extremists. In the FBI's view, the top domestic violent extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated, violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race. That's the top domestic threat. White supremacists. Is it a threat? Absolutely. That's the top threat. Not Chinese propaganda and infiltrating our universities. Not homegrown terrorists with Al Qaeda or radical of Islamism. Ideology is not to that. Now that's not the top threat. The top threat is a mass outbreak of white supremacist groups around the nation. Do you have any evidence? Actually back that up? You don't find it odd the same thing. Putin wants him to say he's saying because Putin himself has recognized that their street chaos in the United States because of inflamed racial divisions, done primarily by American liberals. Demands of murderous strongman. He's giving lectures on how is this Is this real? Lectures on street safety in the United States. Is this a bad joke?
Republicans to Introduce Censor Resolution Against the Squad for Contributing to Anti-Semitic Attacks
"Group of Republicans This is from Breitbart will introduce a sensor resolution to condemn and censure the so called squad. For defending foreign terrorist organizations and using rhetoric, which contributed anti Semitic attacks across the United States. Now you would think this is not controversial. We're talking, of course about centering Omar. An AOC and Talib and Presley. But it is controversial because this is the heart and soul of the Democrat Party. And the Republicans. The group has led by Michael Waltz of Florida. Good guy Jim Banks, Indiana. Claudia, attending New York. She's great to remember they tried to steal the race from her. The resolution says the squad members of defended foreign terrorist or I didn't hear the attorney general talk about this. I didn't hear that fake phony fraud. Merrick Garland talk about this. As the late great Bob Grant would say. The central resolution says the squad members have defended foreign terrorist organizations. And inciting anti Semitic attacks across the United States. And so forth. The group of Republicans wrote in the resolution that Talib has accused the Israeli government ethnic cleansing and claimed Israel was promoting racism and the human humanization. The resolution meant his Omar calling the Israel military response to Hamas strikes an act of terrorism rather than self defense. She also accused the United States are backing crimes against humanity. This is why Judy Jazz, Ceron. I want you to listen media it. Your low IQ Cuba phones, media matters you low I Cuba phones. Paid for him bought for This is a jihadi wing of the Democratic Party. Most Muslims do not conduct themselves this way.
AG Merrick Garland Has No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Voting
"But at the beginning and it and it's one continuous thought there's our attorney general saying, Hey, man, I'm all about the right to vote. We got to take care of this. Hinting and implying that there's some kind of racial discrimination problem in voting. What's the problem with that, folks? One If there was racial discrimination in voting, every sane, responsible patriotic American should and would call it out. The problem with that is Merrick Garland is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to back that up. Did you listen to yesterday's show? Yesterday's show I produced you hard core evidence, facts and data. I know the left have Impenetrable skulls, facts and data don't get through. But I produced hard facts and data that over the midterm election in 2018 and 2020 presidential Minority voter turnout went up dramatically. The numbers speak for themselves, What racial discrimination is he talking about in the states? Minority. Turnout is up. That's this direction for those watching a video at Fox Nation that's up this way. That's not down. This is down.
"merrick garland" Discussed on Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
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"merrick garland" Discussed on Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
"In on hitler's rise to power hitler made his genocide were palpable for the broader public. By giving them all these financial goodies and so the. Us chamber of commerce is very much a part of that ideological legacy and it's destroying the planet and mansion is beholden to them. He's a puppet of big money. The dark forces the death eaters that have given us both trump and a apparently impotent democratic leadership. And of course as i as i mentioned earlier mansion has taken coke. Money spent the koz age just to be clear. Sorry he's coked up to the heavens and he the cokes were targeting him. I've no doubt they're very happy about all of this. And he is giving the cokes. What they want which was to stop this legislation. That would protect our right to vote and would give us some defense against these highly targeted vocal state legal warfare. That trumpism is carrying out against us. They're organizing on the all important local level since it started gas nation. We've been telling everyone please organiz on the all important local level no who represents you locally you are represented by a trumper or putinite. Take those same thing. Really a trump putinite go and take their job. Go and take the job. If your local elected officials get your friends to run for local office our democracy depends on what happens in our own communities so please please please run for local office to act as a barrier against the steamrolling of authoritarianism. There's also breaking news since we started reporting the wonderful folks at propublica have uncovered a treasure trove of secret. Irs files that show how oligarchs in the us had been living tax free basically leaning on the rest of us to pay our taxes so they can become staggeringly wealthy and speed up their operation to build spacecraft so they can get the hell out of here after destroying the planet. Apparently do you mind if i read from this now. We have jesse. I singer propublica. I'm gonna read from. His threat is of one. Quick thing. sure about this is just as just a public service announcement that i am voluntarily giving. Because it's i think it's of interest to people william barbara reading. William barber has announced that the poor people's campaign is going to be holding a moral march on mansion in west virginia. Yes led by west virginians of all colors creeds etc from the hood to the hollers on monday june fourteenth. He then says that west virginians and kentuckians will lead a moral march and nonviolent direct action on mansion in mcconnell on wednesday june twenty third in washington dc. So if you would like to go maker voice heard. I would urge you to join them. It's worth noting that when west virginians are actually polled about the for the people act therefore like overwhelmingly across the board like this is not a controversial thing. They also just either. Don't filibuster is most americans don't know what the filibuster is or they're fine with it being abolished like joe. Manchin is not doing this to represent the people of west virginia. He's not doing this as andrea already noted to quote be. Bipartisan is doing this because he's corrupt because he's paid off and because he doesn't care if our democracy dies and so now yeah go go on with the oligarchs so back to the joe mansion is hoping to become one hence the corruption jesse icing Rights on twitter new today propublica presents.
"merrick garland" Discussed on Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
"Make this point enough now. That biden is in when trump was in power when that administration was in power. They did all autocrats. Did which is conduct massive purges of anybody that could stop them within any institution. That may hold them accountable. This included pershing for example the russian mafia experts within the fbi and included. Purging the doj. And anybody who is going to put country above party country above trump constitution above all else and so the doj is still filled. We presume we don't get updates from the you know. But there's no reason not to believe it's not still substantially employed by trump and bar latkes and they need to be removed. We saw so many illegitimate appointments during trump's tenure. We saw a slew of nepotism appointment. We've documented those in depth. I mean to bars. Children were serving in the administration. I believe still are serving in that administration. The other thing we warned you about. Of course autocrats. Pack the courts. Those are the two being moves. You purge the institutions and you pack the courts so that you rewrite the law so you are no longer a breaking it you give yourself immunity from all crimes. That is supposed to end when the aspiring autocrat departs and so the fact that this is continuing under the protection of doj it does indicate something very dark. And i think some of it is the fact that trump administration latkes are still in there. I think some of this is that the doj is a deeply corrupt and broken institution. That has had deeply corrupt and broken people. Working in high positions of power in it for my entire life in among them is bill. Barr like as i said before if the doj is to clean house. It's going to run into some very uncomfortable pieces of information here in acts that people have done if they are going to look at what bill barr did during the trump administration. You then have to look at what. Bill barr did during his previous tenure as the ag of the george h w bush administration which would include letting all the iran contra guys off the hook it would include maybe bcci. You'll bars a scandal machine. We were so perplexed when all of these alleged quote unquote legal experts kept saying. Oh he's such institutionalists is going to bring the trump administration in line. Like what the hell are you talking about. This is like the ultimate gop cover up guy. This is a guy who's like wikipedia is just a giant list of scandals or scumbags that he protected because that's his job he goes and cleans up the mess of the gop and that is what he did for trump. And that's now what merrick garland is doing for him. But i want to add one more point to about this as well. Okay one quick point. I want to make. Is that before. I was talking about the democrats in ability to maintain an effective narrative to the public to show the public. What's going on to use the kind of strategies that the gop does very effectively through their propaganda outlets like fox news. One exception to this rule is the merrick garland rule which is the way that they managed to convince an enormous number of americans that if mitch mcconnell does not like merrick garland if the republicans are trying to block merrick garland from the supreme court. Then merrick garland must be great. He must be some amazing advocate for justice. He must just be a man of the utmost integrity. We've clearly seen that. That's not the case but nonetheless like wow what a story. What a narrative. Maybe try doing that with the truth. Anyway andrea what were you gonna say so for a clear answer on whether the raw goes all the way up to biden comma harris and their closest advisors in the team is. Whether merrick garland gets the nazi hunters that the doj so desperately needs and bars. Authoritarian purge is reversed if. That doesn't happen in twenty twenty one than it's confirmation that biden and their whole operation that brought them to power. The core team picked garland intentionally because they wanted. Somebody wouldn't headed enough. That would be easy to control and would do the bare minimum and would look good in a suit and say the right things when called upon and keep his head down and just enjoy himself Doing his his pruning the rose bushes and an pontificating on administrative law and consensus building. That's not how the nation was united in the civil war. We had a ruthless spiritual warrior in you ulysses s grant alright. I'm starting like a comic con for ulysses s grant lovers out there. 'cause i know there's opportunity for one. He did what had to be done. He was ruthless but he did it grounded knowing that he was on the right set of history and that he would ultimately all timidly maybe not initially and all those decades after the war where he was vilified but he knew ultimately that he would be proven correct and he had to do what needed to be done and so please merrick garland biden. Kamala harris. Live your values out loud. Show the american people that you're going to reverse trump in bars authoritarianism of the doj if you do not than his confirmation to us that you like it that way and that you're part of the problem yup exactly and speaking part of the problem. Let's discuss joe mansion. Just amazing week for news here so over the weekend joe manchin officially came out against the for the people act and against abolishing filibuster the for the people act of course is a desperately needed bill to preserve voting rights to preserve democracy especially as the gop continues to destroy voting rights state by state and add new stipulations in some states including the ability to simply throw out your votes on the gop. State legislatures win if their preferred candidate does not win. And so as we have said many times on this show you cannot just vote this problem out. You cannot just wait till twenty twenty to fix this because we will not have free and fair elections in twenty twenty two without voting rights. So when you see people saying oh you know. I know the solution. We just need a democratic supermajority. That literally can't happen. That's what we're trying to fight right now. I don't know how much more i can explain laughing. Because i'm like terrified. It's not funny in the slightest and it definitely should not be hinging upon one or two individuals. Although many people who are experts on this including walter shabaab who is an ethics adviser for multiple administrations and others have pointed out that mentioned and huston cinemas well are basically the rotating villain there the scapegoats to this process. There are other democrats within the senate who are not being vocal but who appear to also opposed the for the people act and the abolishment of the filibuster and so mansion may just be either fog guy. Mansion is also an enormous astle andrei. I think you had some to pissed off who. Yeah so mansion came out with again. All these guys are masters of gas. lighting mansion. Came out with a gas sliding masterpiece in the charleston. Gazette mail where he said he could not support the four. The people act because there wasn't a single backer on the republican side and that bipartisanship is going to destroy our country. How the hell can you have bipartisanship. When one party is full blown proudly authoritarian and inciting political violence against the public and elected officials. So the reason why mansion is able to put such finesse finesse on aiding and abetting authoritarians. And they're hijacking. Our democracy is because he is funded by groups like the us chamber of commerce which is staunchly republican backing and the dark forces that propelled trump in a power. The dark forces that were happy to rake in all this money. Tax cuts deregulation. While trump was in power dismantling our democracy. It's the same. Dark forces are happy to cash..
"merrick garland" Discussed on The Daily
"Today during his confirmation hearings this week. President biden's nominee for attorney. General merrick garland said that investigating the january six attack on the capital and the forces behind it would be his number one priority. My colleague mark leave of edge on how a pivotal moment in garland's career prepared him to confront domestic extremism. It's thursday february twenty fifth mark. The name merrick garland has become synonymous with to put it bluntly partisan roadkill in washington right and obama supreme court nominee who was never given so much as a hearing for that nomination correct there are certain figures in washington who become by something kind of notorious that happens to them sometimes having nothing to do with their own talents and skills and experiences merrick garland despite having a incredibly celebrated career became known in washington as the guy who was defined by the job he did not get these rain court job that president obama nominated him to in two thousand sixteen. The seat was held open. Republicans just would not having hearing for it and donald trump was elected eight months later and someone else got the job. So is that the story you were thinking about when president biden nominated garlan just a few weeks ago to become the attorney general originally. Yes when we first started. Hearing the merrick garland does potential biden. Attorney general appointee the immediate association that i think most people around washington head was. This is the guy who just got denied. This is the guy who merrick garland. There are certain people whose name becomes a verb garland. Garland's is someone who people like literally walked up to him on the sidewalk over the last few years. They recognize him and they offer condolences to him. Because it's as if someone died. It's like talking to someone who would having lunch with him somewhere downtown. Dc someone literally walked up to. The table almost hugged him because she felt so terrible about what he had gone through. This was two years after it actually happened. And i can imagine that he was pretty sick of this. After a while that was my association is seen was a lot of people's association. And then i did a little research into him and i realized actually there is a whole history. This guy has that is extremely rich and very different and extremely relevant to our living through right now. And what is that story so moore carlin's background is pretty basic. This was a juggernaut through the american meritocracy story of his class in suburban chicago. Harvard undergrad harvard law. School sumo come loud clerkship for supreme court. Judge brennan jobs in the private sector public sector lands the department of justice in the nineties. He had a very big job there. He was the deputy assistant attorney. General to then attorney general janet reno. We have a lot of assistance and deputy is going on here but this was really a lot of responsibilities and then all of a sudden he comes into work on april nineteenth nineteen ninety-five. I is in. My office is on the fourth floor of the justice department building and and i was at my desk and had a computer terminal and something happened completely shaped the trajectory of his career. I got a report entitled urgent. Report came across the computer screen. And i clicked on a opened up so he gets this urgent alert and there was a report from. I think the acting united states attorney In oklahoma saying that there have been an explosion that myrrha building saying. There's been an explosion in oklahoma city. And he actually recounted this in some detail in an oral history. He gave to the oklahoma city national museum and as he recalls it. There was not a lot of information about what had caused the explosion. Just then didn't have internet access and the justice department in those days so our method of finding out what was happening elsewhere in the country was cnn turned on cnn affiliate in oklahoma city kfor to bring you the latest headed. They're having live updates on this explosion. Happened at the building in downtown oklahoma city. This is live from. Kfor's building where the explosion occurred had. That building is devastated. Certainly people that were in the rooms on that one side of the building. It would be likely they survived started. Hearing about how many people were likely in the building and you could see from the colors screen that they're in a lot of people are dead. We don't know who did it or why. But here's what we do know at this hour. At least twenty. Six people are confirmed dead in the explosion. In addition at least two hundred are injured about three hundred more are missing merrick. Garland sees this as information sort of flying in and rumors flying in. He just sort of said to his boss. I gotta go. I wanna go there to oklahoma city. Yes so we thought we should have somebody there and from a personal point of view. I wanted to go. I mean it was a terrible scene on the television. And every everybody's because he public service wants tout and merrick garland wanted to be the department of justice's person in oklahoma city So i went home that day. Pack my bag Married and they had two very young daughters one was four and a half almost two and a half now to tell them that i was going and of course we didn't know when i was coming back. So that was her difficult What does he see once he gets there. Got there at night. It really looked like a war zone. you have to get through a ring of humvees which a national guard i guess had setup can square blocks or so around the bomb site as a crime scene and you can see broken glass all over. It could see crumbled bricks on the ground. Uc's smoldering building and you know. The extent of the catastrophe was immediately apparent. But when first time you see the building you see it not just.
"merrick garland" Discussed on Relatable with Allie Beth Stuckey
"It's not a difficult question. It's not a difficult question. And if we were still in the land of the sane we would all be laughing. Anyone who said that. That was difficult question. This is from the blaze dot com. Chris pandolfi he says as attorney general garland will be the attorney for the government and controversies where people sue and discrimination cases so if a girl the school for letting boys play her sport. Presumably garland will argue in favour of the government's position on this which biden has made clear that boys should be able to compete against girls in sports in. So that's why in this regard his nomination and confirmation matters that's why his view on this matters and so unfortunately you're not getting a champion for women and girls in merit garland even though i think that he has some other good characteristics. And you're not going to find him on the right side of that issue. Unfortunately and there's another issue that. I think he happens to be confused about. And that is the issue of equity. And so we're gonna wait into some controversial waters. We're going to talk about his exchange with tom. Cotton and why he doesn't really understand what equity means and why we have to make sure that we understand w- equity means it's not just equality under the law. It's not just impartial treatment. As we want it to mean it actually means something else and we need to make sure that we are very clear about that so we understand. How merrick garland how the attorney general will represent and enforce the law when it comes to so called racial equity..
"merrick garland" Discussed on Skullduggery
"Dialogue that we have today about over policing of black brown communities One other thing that did come up kind of consistently leaving aside. Some of the hot button political issues was antitrust And you did see kind of a through line of questioning on that and various senators attempting to kind of ask questions about google investigation to ask questions about concentration and to a certain degree right now garland is hobbled by the fact that there's no nominee for the ag for antitrust So i think. That's kind of tb de part of his agenda and pretty important one that we still are going to have to wait and see what's going to happen. So i did think that there was one stumble towards the end that could give a few republicans hook to oppose his nomination on. and it's win hawley. That great legal mind Asked him about prosecuting. People who cross the border illegally. Do you believe that illegal. Entry at america's borders should remain a crime. Well i thought about that question I just haven't thought about that question. I i think you know. The president has made clear that we are a country of with the borders and with the concern about national security. I don't know of proposal to decriminalize but still make it unlawful to enter. I just don't know the answer to that question. I haven't thought about it victoria. Would you make of that response. It wasn't the best answer was it wasn't short. Answer is it is it is a crime. It's a crime and for republicans who decry the you know. Democrats for secretly favoring open borders and not always not so secretly sometimes pretty openly. I you know. I would have thought he would have thought about an answer to that goal. I also i also would have thought his confirmation team. I would have prepared him for a question like that to me that it's a fairly obvious one but you know we're sitting here on the cheap seats so i guess that's i mean he did he did say that The the president has made clear that we're a nation with borders. So i think it's it's pretty clear that he's he's not embracing any sort of like open borders approach to but if you're not going to prosecute people who violate the law and enter the country illegally. Isn't that effectively open borders. Well i guess it's all to a certain degree at an issue of priorities. whether or not you've criminally prosecute every single person who crosses the border without papers throw them in prison versus whether or not you focused on a select group of of people. So it's all about priorities. And i think that would have probably been a more effective answer than than the kind of the the little bit of a word salad that he kind of managed to let out an answer to that question. Suga rehabilitate himself. I'm sure his The people who were prepping him are talking to right now about how to fix that answer by the way he did use the limited resources response when he got asked by cory booker in a different round about marijuana enforcement and whether they doj under a garland. Justice department will prosecute marijuana violators in states. Where it's already legal which is fast becoming a majority of the country. Given california's it's it's all legal in garland said is it does not seem to me to be a useful use of limited resources to be pursuing prosecutions and states. That have legalized. It's not quite a hey advocating full legalisation. He's not there yet. But i don't think biden is quite there yet but that would have been a better formulation in response to Hollies a question do you. This is gonna cost them some republican votes michael. Well you know people who have made up their mind forehand will continue to have made up their mind beforehand and no matter what he says they're gonna vote in what they think is their political best interest but if if an answer to the question of legal entry be a crime when the answer to that is well. That's not really a good question. Because some people enter illegally and then immediately apply for asylum. And are we saying that those people should be criminally Treated as a matter of for instance there are questions and there are questions and i think that was a bad question. He didn't give a great answer. But i think surprise them a little bit to have put so baldly when it's a much more nuanced legal answer. What is what is a cross border. Entry that is criminal versus not criminal but as i said the outset if they want to vote against him for political reasons you know they can find any number of tidbit sort of answered. I thought that was the. That's that's the closest that i think could come to finding something to help their hat on. I mean maybe because he didn't go as far as ted cruz wanted him to go and committing to you know. Let dharam continue. As long as durham wants to. You know maybe there. But but i thought this one was closer and by the way yes they're asylum seekers but they're also just people who crossed the border illegally in order to get into the country right but it sort of remind me of the culminating seen in my cousin vinny when he says that's a s. quest and she goes on to explain why nobody can answer that question because they didn't make that type of and i think this was sort of a a bs question if they want to hang their hats on that for whatever political agendas they have fair enough but let it's not a substantive basis by which to deny mccowan. Their vote voted confirmation. There was another moment in the hearing. That i appreciated Even though it may have like flown by hey most people. And that's when Senator ossoff the new democratic. Senator from georgia started asking him about what he was going to do. About the appalling conditions that was also a phrase in the fulton county jail. And then he even read even read a whole passage from a brief lining. Just how disgraceful. The conditions aren't fulton county jail. And it did remind me that among the problems that are former president has is an active investigation by the fulton county prosecutor into his efforts to overturn. The results of the election occurred to me that Donald trump could wind up in that. Full county jail that Also was talking a little premature but you never Well yeah well look. This is worth talking about this today. Because we also got the supreme court's ruling saying yes. Cyrus vance in new york can get trump's tax returns for his investigation into trump's finances..
"merrick garland" Discussed on Skullduggery
"Skulduggery. I'd do solemnly swear and i will faithfully execute. The office of president of the united states will to the best of my ability preserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states. So help me help me. Michael object investigative correspondent for yahoo news. And i'm dan kleinman editor in chief of yahoo news. You know a lot has been written and said about how different garland is from his predecessor. Bill barr both of them. Smart veterans but bar. It is pretty hard to imagine bar getting emotional in a confirmation hearing at all much less to a question about his About his family's background. But i think Listening to garland only underscores even more. What a dramatic change. It is to go from a bill. Barr to a merrick garland who is at the end of the day in the jewish sang a mench. Yeah yeah let let me. Just say one thing about That struck me about. America is getting emotional at this confirmation hearing and i think all of us probably saw him i remember when he was nominated by president obama to be on the supreme court when he was introduced he got emotional and welled up as well i think when he was talking about his his mother and father at the time he did again his voice cracked when he was nominated by joe biden and and then and then today but the thing that made me think about is we've known him for a long time He is a man she does. Have that emotional side to him. I remember talking to him In nineteen ninety five During the oklahoma city bombing case which of course was the kind of formative experience of his of his career and which came a lot today. And which which we which we will get into. And you know if you'll recall. I remember seeing the you know the the basically the the command center for that investigation. Which merrick garland was quarterbacking was in the middle of the crime scene. The murrah building was was right. There was still smoking when he got down. There and nineteen children were killed in that bombing. Fifteen of them. I think in a daycare center there and i remember maryland being just incredibly moved by that that gut wrenching Massacre of children but he had this ability to both see the humanity In the cases that he was involved with but also be incredibly dispassionate about the legal work that had to be done to make sure that the investigation was done properly. And i remember always thinking about that with him and i think you know. We'll see that with him. As as attorney general but it just came to mind today during that hearing but love to hear the thoughts of yeah. Well let's get our guests. victoria besetting victoria. Welcome to skulduggery. Thanks for having me and my zeldin. Welcome back to skulduggery though is a pleasure so i wanna get the take of both of you on how today went and what. You made of a garland's responses and also the questioning victoria start. Well i i confess. That merrick garland pretty much. Had me at prosecute white supremacists. So that's all you needed to say to go to your point. I thought he had data get unique combination of his genial. Kind of low key aspect combined with Just an absolute clear kind of ringing sense of integrity and intelligence He did a battle with a variety of questioners incredibly effectively but that doesn't mean that the republicans work trying to you know kind of take something off of him or maybe even possibly figure out a way that they could justify voting against him I think there were clearly towards the end searching around for a way to find him being a little weasley in his answers and they were really focusing a lot. On the durham investigation at the end in my book and trying to find some sort of dissatisfaction the way he was answering whether or not he would continue those investigations but leaving that aside he was As you might expect for someone who's been a judge for over twenty years an incredibly effective person on stage. Yeah i wanna get to How he handled the republican questionings on on one hundred biden in durham. In a moment. But michael what let out at you but left out me was his breadth of understand. How the justice department works. He this is. This'll be his third tour in maine justice and a detour in the us attorney's office. He knows how this organization works. He knows what each division's responsibilities are what their mandate has been and will be. And i thought that stepping in on day one. This is a person who knows the institution that he's running perhaps better than any other a g. in in recent memory including eric holder. Who was there himself for a long time but not at the level that was working as a principal. Deputy attorney general under janet reno. The other thing that impressed me so much about merrick is his knowledge of the law and so when people would ask. What is your position on prosecuting. This type of crime. His answer was well as you know. The supreme court said in this case that the governing standards are and of course we are bound by that and it completely diffuses the politics of the question when he says the supreme court is. What directs our behavior here. Because this is a system of law and i thought that he really In in many ways was able to disarm the republican questioners principally who were trying to challenge how he might apply the.
"merrick garland" Discussed on The Daily Beans
"Hey everybody welcome back. In an incredible piece of investigatory journalism by ryan mac and craig silverman buzzfeed news. We're getting a look into how the rules governing data disinformation and hate speech and hate groups. Were not hard and fast. And were in fact totally up to zuckerberg and his policy team leader name kaplan and as you can imagine after seeing zuckerberg cuddle up to republicans over the past few years. The rules weren't applied equitably so according to this reporting back in april of two thousand nineteen if we think about that timeframe that's right around the time that the oil mullah report came out and bar put out four page mischaracterization letter just to put it in a little bit of context jewel situation for you right around that time. Facebook was about to ban. Alex jones from the platform until zuckerberg personally intervened now. I don't need to remind you about the discussing. Track record of disinformation and propaganda. That came out of info wars and alex jones. But some of the hits include calling sandy. Hook a false flag operation. A conspiracy theory later picked up and promoted by marjorie taylor green and of course there was alex. Jones hate speech against of lgbt qa communities as well as muslims and other communities of color now facebook rules at the time clearly made alex jones a candidate for expulsion early on but according to buzzfeed zuckerberg didn't consider alex jones to be a hate figure and personally intervened to create this loophole. See the terms of service. Didn't only call for the ban of jones but also a ban on any content that praised or supported jones. So zack agreed to remove jones but chose to continue allow and support from his fans which opened up a loophole for jones to get his message out by proxy on the largest social media platform in the world and anonymous policy official told buzzfeed quote mark. Personally didn't like the punishment so he changed the rules on quote and another official said quote. That was first time i experienced. Having to create a new category of policy to fit what zuckerberg wanted it somewhat demoralizing when we have established a policy and it's gone through rigorous cycles. Like what the fuck is that for unquote and facebook spokesperson. Andy stone said zuckerberg called for a more nuanced strategy when it came to enforcing the hate speech and disinformation policy that nuanced policy had a ripple effect that resulted in the delay of the removal of other hate groups including the oath keepers nine of whom have been indicted for conspiracy the charges in the siege on the capital january. Sixth we all know about that and their ties to roger stone quote internal documents obtained by buzzfeed news and interviews with fourteen current and former employees. Show how the company's policy team guided by joel kaplan the vice president of global public policy and zuckerberg's whims has exerted outsize influence while obstructing content. Moderation decisions stymying product rollouts and intervening on behalf of popular conservative figures. Who had violated facebook's rules now since the election at least six facebook employees have resigned with posts calling out sucks failures in combating hate speech and four of those specifically called for a reorganization so that the public policy team and the content policy team would not both report to kaplan directly in june of last year. Three democratic senators wrote a letter asking what role kaplan played in the d. prioritization of containing extremist activity. Apparently kaplan's close relationship with zuckerberg let him to way politics. More heavily kaplan openly courted the trump white house by intervening on behalf of right wing influencers. And as we remember publicly supporting the nomination of brett cavanaugh to the supreme court. Here's some more information about who kaplan is quote when kaplan join facebook to lead. It's dc operation in two thousand eleven. He had the connections and pedigree. The company needed to court the american right a former clerk for conservative supreme court justice antonin. Scalia kaplan served as a white house. Deputy chief of staff under president george w bush after participating in the brooks brothers riot during the two thousand florida presidential election dispute Timeout here. You'll remember that. That was also led by roger stone back into the quote here from buzzfeed during a senate. Confirmation hearing in two thousand three for a post with the office of management and budget kaplan was questioned about his role in the the brooks brothers riot which sought to stop the tallying of votes during the florida. Recount kaplan even argued against disclosing the full extent of russian social media information on facebook and the trump white house even considered nominating him as their chief of the office of management and budget. Now check this out in the run up to the twenty twenty election. Facebook employees suggested that the site stopped recommending political discussion groups. That spread disinformation in their groups. You should join module. They were afraid of the backlash from right wingers. They eventually paused political group recommendations just weeks before the election and didn't remove them until after the insurrection in addition to keeping the group recommendations they also decided to keep in feed recommendations or i f ours Where that's where the insert posts from groups that you don't follow into your feed i- afar was not supposed to recommend political groups but user started complaining in the spring when they were seeing posts from ben shapiro in there feeds even though they would never engage with that type of account. Facebook leadership argued that removing those in feed recommendations would decrease traffic to those sites will. Yeah shouldn't you organically get your own traffic to your site now. Caplan also killed a project to help connect americans with different political opinions and he killed the feature called correct the record which would pin you. When you interacted with disinformation. The policy team also stopped initiative. That would have throttled the reach of political posts that the lies quote in october. Twenty twenty facebook responded to ongoing criticism of its policy decisions by introducing an oversight board. An independent panel to hear appeals on content take downs but the former policy employees with insight into the alex jones bands said that significant changes to rules and enforcement will always come down to sucker berg quote. Joel kaplan has influenced for sure but at the end of the day. Mark owns this stuff. Mark has consolidated so much of this political decision making power in himself a highly recommend checking out this piece and buzzfeed. It's extremely informative. There's a lot more to it and it's quite disturbing so it's you know content warning. I guess that would say that. Put a label on it. Even though facebook probably wouldn't we'll be right back with the good news. stay with us. 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"merrick garland" Discussed on The Daily Beans
"Hey everybody welcome back so we had the first day of questions and answers in. The confirmation of merrick garland for general the united states and there were so many standout moments for him. But i wanted to go over just a few with you. That really just stuck out to me. First and foremost there was the opening statement. Which i read parts of during yesterday's show and i think the most important part of that opening statement is what merrick garland said about white supremacy and his intention to make the investigations into the insurrection. One of his top priorities. Let's take a listen conversations that i've had with many of you before this hearing you have asked why i would agree to leave a lifetime appointment as a judge. I have told you that. I love being a judge but i have also tells you that. This is an important moment for me to step forward because of my deep respect for the department of justice and for its critical role of ensuring the rule of law celebrating. Doj's one hundred. Fiftieth year reminds us of the origins of the department which was founded during reconstruction in the aftermath of the civil war to secure the civil rights. That were promised in the thirteenth. Fourteenth and fifteenth amendments the first attorney general appointed by president grant ahead the new department. Let it in a concerted battle to protect black voting rights from the violence of white extremists successfully prosecuting hundreds of cases against a white supremacist members of the klu klux klan almost a century later the civil rights act of nineteen fifty seven created the department civil rights division with a mission to opole the civil and constitutional rights of all americans particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society that mission on the website of the departments civil rights. Division remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice communities of color and other minorities still face discrimination in housing education employment and in the criminal justice system and they bear the brunt of the harm caused by pandemic pollution and climate change hundred and fifty years after the founding battling extremist attacks on our democratic institutions also remained central to the department's mission from nineteen ninety five to nineteen ninety seven. I supervised the prosecution of the perpetrators of the bombing of the oklahoma city. Federal building who sought to spark a revolution that would topple. The federal government is confirmed. I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the capital on january six heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government. And then next. There was the questioning by tom. Cotton who as we know has said that slavery was a necessary evil and called himself an army ranger. he only completed army ranger school and never served in an army ranger regiment. He asked garland about the difference between racial equality and racial equity. As if to say we owe nothing to no one. So let's see. How garland handled that line of questioning your wear. That president biden assign an executive order stating that his administration will firm. Italy advanced racial equity not racial equality but racial equity. Yes and i i read. Read the opening of that executive order which defines equity as the fair and impartial treatment of Every person without regard to their status and including The individuals Who are in who have An underserved communities Where they were not accorded that Before but i don't see any any distinction between In that forgotten that's the definition that was included in that executive order that you're talking about sort of you racial equity and racial equality of the same thing you know. This is a word that is defined in the executive order. As i as i just said it So i i don't know what else i can't give you any any more than them. The way in which the executive order defined the term using thanks judge and then there was this moment. Where kennedy senator. John kennedy wants to know if he's a racist and doesn't know it. I'm gonna ask you about this. Concept of implicit bias is. Let me and i'm a racist no matter what i do or what i think. I'm a racist. But i don't know i'm a racist okay. The label racist is not one that i would apply like that implicit by just means that every human being has biases. That's part of what it means to be a human being and the point of a examining our implicit biases to bring our conscious. Mind up to our unconscious mind. Okay now this next line of questioning really got old really fast. It's it's fled crews asking garland about the politicization of the obama justice department seemingly unaware of the past four years and notice how folds into his question the incorrect assertion that the russia investigation was opened on the predicate of the steele dossier. Still trying to push this bullshit point and it's getting really old. Because it's been debunked a zillion times the report that crews references here at the beginning of this clip is the department of justice inspector. General report from horowitz. On the a warrant of carter page. Let's listen so you described the report as saying there were problems. That's a fairly anodyne way of characterizing. It given the multiple material. Misstatements the horowitz report details including mr klein's smith's fabrication of evidence and lying to a court which is now pleaded guilty to I think that was yet. Another example of the deep politicization of the department of justice culminating in a meeting with the acting attorney general president obama vice president biden in the oval office concerning the targeting of their political opponent. Will you commit to this committee that under your leadership. The department of justice will not target the political opponents of this administration at there will be real scrutiny. What that report outlines.
"merrick garland" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"To be that kind of country. General off our discussion tonight is democratic. Senator richard blumenthal of connecticut. He is a member of the senate. Judiciary committee a senator blumenthal. Thank you very much for joining us tonight. You were one of the few senators who got into technical questions with the nominee including the flash of latin here and there but for the most part of it was a more general discussion of. Were you surprised. At how i guess. The word is how easy it was for. Merrick garland to face the republican side of committee. Today knowing merrick garland. I have for about three decades. He and i met as young prosecutors. When i was attorney the chief federal prosecutor in connecticut knee was in the main justice department. I was really unsurprised. Because he is such a thoughtful and even-handed very reflective but strong really determined person. And i think what came across in that same answer that he gave about his grandparents and the profoundly moving moment that it was his authenticity it that was america speaking from his heart and it was a very remarkable moment in a congressional hearing but his experience was in some ways. Very typical. Many of us in that room share an immigrants story. Mound dad came to this country in one thousand. Thirty five spoke no english at not much more than the shirt on his back knee. No one and this great country gave him a chance to succeed. And it's the reason why. I feel the same way. America does so i was really unsurprised. By how adroitly. He handled the republicans because that authenticity. I think completely disarm them. What was it like senator to sit in that room today. Five years late five years late for that committee to be hearing from merrick garland who was nominated by president obama for the supreme court and never even allowed to enter that room great question. It's a lot of thoughts. Went through my mind. First of all as i said to him. He's been tested by adversity. Living through that experience was one tough time in his life. Second how great. A supreme court justice he would have been and third. What a great attorney general. He's going to be and how he is going to truly meet this moment when the united states department of justice needs to be restored its morale internally and it's trust and credibility in faith to americans and the outside world and what went through his testimony. Very compellingly is his fierce determination to protect the independence and the rule of law the independence of the department of justice the respect for the rule of law and to listen to those line. Prosecutors the career guys the professionals who are going call these cases as they see them following the facts and the united states of america deserves to be represented by that kind of attorney general in oklahoma city in one thousand nine hundred five. It did not take an invasion of the all you had to do as timothy mcveigh did was park a truck on the street in front of the building because there was no restricted access in those days to federal buildings in a situation like that that truck blew up with seven thousand pounds of explosives in it And and here. We are today dealing with what happened on january. Sixth the inheritors. Many of them In invading the capital inheritors of timothy timothy mcveighs belief that this government could be thrown by force and those violent extremists are more dangerous today a much more so than they were then as narc arlen said today in his testimony and the resources in the powers to cause havoc are not only the batson firearms end flag posts that they brought to storm the capital but also the cyber attack that they could launch. They could paralyze the united states of america. Our water or electricity. Our utilities as much as texas was paralyzed by that storm so the threats are even more alarming and of course terrorism from outside the united states. But you're absolutely right lawrence. Today we face. White supremacists domestic extremists. The mob that donald trump brought to the capital is still out there and more dangerous than ever could be mobilized and harnessed by another would be tyrant like donald trump and senator quickly before you go of merit garland could find himself in a position of having to decide whether to initiate a federal prosecution of donald trump based on what is revealed in his tax returns that are being held in the ended over to prosecutors in the city of new york If those prosecutors in new york find federal crimes in those tax returns would you expect them to refer that to the justice department and in effect refer it to maryland. I would expect cyrus vance the da in new york to make them available and make a referral to the department of justice if he finds violations federal tax violations right now reportedly he's looking into possible financial fraud and misstatements of values of trump properties and more potential other kinds of financial ron's if they're federal violations absolutely the grand jury material can be referred by court order that cyrus vance could see and one point that is absolutely clear from today's testimony. Donald trump should be afraid. Very afraid of a determined fierce thoughtful and resourceful prosecutor like merrick garland and he will follow the facts. He'll follow the money. Go filed the law sir. richard blumenthal. Thank you very much for starting us off tonight. Really appreciate it. Thank you thank you and coming up with five hundred thousand deaths from krona virus in this country as of tonight house. Democrats are speeding. The biden cobaine relief bill to a vote by the end of this week carson. Katie porter will join us next.
"merrick garland" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"So jamie i wanna start with. Un merrick garland go way way back. And when i first met you both you were deputy attorney general and he was your kind of his title was principal associate deputy but everybody had a thought of him as jamie guerrilla right hand. How did you come to know. Merrick garland and how did he come to be working for you. At the justice department american. I had known each other since college. We met on a committee to which we were both appointed. I as a junior and he is a freshman to look at various issues relating to undergraduate life. And it won't surprise you ben that i was crusading for equal rights for women In the university and particularly in the college on things as diverse as eligibility for fellowships and eligibility for football tickets and merrick was the best supporter. You could've wanted. He was My wing man and was wonderful in those in those arguments most of which many of which i lost but the the fight continued in eventually was one and so this was obviously significantly before you came to the justice department. How did he end up as your principal. Associate when you were deputy but we stayed friends between college and nineteen ninety four when i got to the justice department and you know we were just personal friends and our families were friends And we always wanted to work together in. There just wasn't an opportunity. So when i was putting together the confirmation process for for janet reno i asked merrick to help with a substantive briefings of the attorney general. She got to know him right away and saw how terrific he was. He was a key player at the department in the criminal. Division for that for sheer when i was general counsel over at dod. And then when i was brought over to justice to serve as deputy j. the most obvious thing to me particularly since he'd been there for that intervening year and he was terrific as i knew him to be was to ask him to be my my pay check. So i don't mean to speak ill of janet reno whom As you know high regard for but it was had. I don't think it's speaking ill of the departed to say that she had a tendency toward micromanagement. And that one of the things that you and merrick had to do in the period in which you were deputy was to kind of have a management layer so that she wasn't focused on the details of every brief that was filed anywhere in the department is that is that too much of a. Is that an exaggeration. Or is that a fair characterization. She knew herself that. The management of the department was off a wind. She and her then. Deputy fell hyman parted ways. And she called me to ask me if i would consider coming from defense to justice and i loved being at defense I asked her what what was wrong. What happened and she said in essence. Both of us wanted to be attorney general. I need somebody to run the place. Because i am not feeling free to be the ultimate decision maker. Because i don't i don't feel that the rest of the department is being run now. She knew her own tendencies. And there were some actually humorous aspects to those sentences but it also was true. That phil i also spoke with felt that his most important contributions would be at the policy level and frankly that department is so sprawling and so horizontal that it absolutely needs a deputy a who can run it and serve up cleanly to the a g the decisions that Only the ag should be making so one of the reasons. I wanted to talk to you today. About merrick is that he takes over that is in crisis and the diminshed. The full dimensions of that crisis are itself pretty sprawling any has extremely deep experience with that department but it isn't recent experience and you and he were there at the very beginning of this pivot. The department has taken to becoming a real national security component although it always had elements of that but you know that process has had twenty five years when he's been on the bench to or twenty years while he's been on the bench to mature and so i'm interested for your thoughts on you know if if you were to go back to the department or for him to go to the department now. How's it different from the way it was when you guys were there well let me say a couple of things to be sure. It is different. I personally have stayed involved in the national security community. I've served on the defense policy board and On the as advisory panel alternate intervening. Twenty-three years but merrick as you point out at has not. He's been doing other very important things but he hasn't done that. The good news is that an ag and a deputy to be complementary and you couldn't have a better a deputy g. in terms of experience with the national security environment. I mean lisa. Monaco not only served as head of the national security. Division also served At the fbi and then was the key player in the national security council on On terrorism issues. So i don't have any worry about. This mean when i came from defense to justice in one thousand nine hundred ninety four the That ag janet reno asked me to make sure that the department of justice was connected with the national security agencies. Which i which. I did i set up the first office within the deputy attorney..
"merrick garland" Discussed on Chapo Trap House
"Didn't read those articles because those people are fucking stupid they're very successful at getting what they want unlike their opponents and merrick garland was nominated he's milk toast beige assets fucking room temperature milk ass motherfucker center right motherfucker white dude but he they nominated him because they thought well they wanna check to him and they'll give him the same sort of benefit of the doubt that these people do kevin other america ireland is he's on the same circuit as cavenaugh he's been there nine years longer and they would think like oh little conservative case for giving carlin because you know he talked about this idea was amazing fucking softball coach the idea was with garland was like we're gonna nominate a guy so moderate that they'll really look foolish if they try zap it they'll cradle look real bad so extremely didn't win election like two years before by being like we're gonna turn i wanted to wrote like the everyone did know they were nuts benefited from gerrymandering in the dark money network you can't like if they had been explicitly running on since two thousand ten we're absolutely out of our minds yeah i mean the the the one thing that would have been a good move it's someone forgot who was that if nominated trump sister because she didn't like she's actually a liberal judge like they have like said no to that really because that would piss trump off well that is true pissed them off that's true very much i mean because you know they had a very they had a game plan and they were very well funded and they had all of the cards and denying garlan the seat there was nothing anyone could really do about it once they decided that they were gonna nor those norms and there was really nothing to be done i mean real the criticism of obama and those guys is really just that they nominated garland in the first place someone who no one on earth could get excited for and then just kind of didn't pointed out because they assume they were going to win they didn't think it was gonna matter they're like well hill get in and then she'll she'll garland up again yeah yeah and i remember a few months even after the nomination when it was clear that grassley mcconnell would refuse to hold hearings at the demand wasn't a points approve garlic this court the man was just hold the hearings and garlic would go around capitol hill and like they wouldn't modal ops with democratic senators and just just you know just smiling grinning their legs cross talk to each other and thinking that when this goes on the front page of the washington post mcconnell will look so bad people have made this point mitch mcconnell there's no real like democratic equivalent to mitch mcconnell who's entire thing is like yeah hate me all you fucking want good luck my voters are gonna vote me out all read was a little that yeah but just from like if there was someone who set it up i didn't come with the tangent you were not to get you know my guess at the hotel did you not promise me that i would have never guessed you would.