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Merrick Garland puts domestic terror and civil rights at the top of the justice agenda
Analysis: Biden Attorney General made clean break with Bill Barr, making domestic terrorism his ‘top priority’, winning praise for his civil rights and voting measures Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks the verdict of a jury in the case against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in April. Photograph: Andrew Harnik / AFP / Getty Images New Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced an ambitious agenda to tackle domestic terrorism in America, including white supremacists and hate crimes, while strengthening civil rights and Voting rights, critical areas that have been overlooked by the Trump administration, say former federal prosecutors and members of Congress. The change in the Department of Justice represents one of the most significant reversals under Joe Biden of the Trump era. Under former Attorney General Bill Barr, the Justice Department was often seen as at the mercy of Trump, the former president accused of treating him virtually like his own legal department. But while Garland has garnered high marks for several preliminary initiatives and priorities, the former high-profile judge still has work to do to rebuild key parts of the agency, according to Justice Department observers. In two congressional appearances this month, Garland indicated that the fight against domestic terrorism in the wake of the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol was his “top priority” and called for new funding to that end, while taking some preliminary steps to expand civil rights. and the application of voting rights as well. On May 12, Garland laid out some of his early steps to combat domestic terrorism during a Senate hearing in which he highlighted efforts to work with foreign allies and tech companies to combat the threat. growing violence after the Capitol riot, which according to the Washington Post has prompted more than 2,000 criminal charges against 411 suspects, Garland, who in a previous court passage investigated the bombing bomb against a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995 that killed 168 people, noted in his testimony that the greatest domestic threat comes from “racially or ethnically violent extremists” and referred to “those who advocate the superiority of the white race ”. Additionally, as part of a first civil rights initiative, the day after a grand jury convicted former white policeman Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd, Garland personally announced that the department was opening an investigation for find out whether the Minneapolis Police Department had engaged in a possible pattern of discrimination and excessive force. To oversee civil rights, Biden brought in two prominent veterans in the field: Kristen Clarke, who is still awaiting Senate confirmation to become the first black woman to head the Civil Rights Division, and Pamela Karlan, the No. two of the division. Both have garnered praise from former franchise attorneys Karlan has already entered the Arizona Senate Republicans’ campaign to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory by hiring inexperienced company Cyber Ninjas – led by a man who has indicated he is in tune with Trump. A flawed conspiracy claims the election was stolen – to lead a 2.1 million vote recount in the state’s largest county. Karlan wrote to an Arizona state lawmaker last week expressing serious concerns that the recount could violate voter intimidation laws and violate ballot safety rules . Some former Justice Department attorneys and members of Congress are hoping Garland can reorient the policies of those of Barr and his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, but warns Garland faces several hurdles that could hamper the app’s expansion. Civil Rights and Countering National Terrorism Michael Bromwich, a former Inspector General of Justice, said in an interview that “you had a lot of very qualified people in the Civil Rights Division who decided they couldn’t supporter Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions [and so left]. I think they will have a personnel problem because of the bleeding of the last few years. Likewise, Bromwich notes that moving the FBI from its two decades of focus on foreign terrorism after 9/11 to domestic terrorism will take work. “The FBI is like an ocean liner, it’s hard to move it,” Bromwich said. Yet “everyone now recognizes that foreign terrorism is not as great a threat as domestic terrorism,” he added, noting that FBI Director Chris Wray understood the seriousness of the threat. interior and testified before Congress last year that the main threat came from far-right and white supremacist groups. Some members of Congress see other big challenges to root out right-wing extremism. “Donald Trump threw kerosene on an already growing fire of right-wing extremism,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “Now the department needs a strategy to look ahead from the Confederate insurgents of January 6 to the backers, organizers and platforms behind them. Likewise, Whitehouse sees some obstacles to curb growing nationwide voter suppression efforts. “A big priority for major Republican donors is a massive voter suppression campaign funded by black money. That’s why Republicans are pushing voter suppression bills in every state house across the country, and why the top official in the right-wing Campaign to Capture Our Courts has turned entirely to vote suppression. ‘last year. “The Department of Justice needs a strong and talented voting rights team, and the Biden administration as a whole needs a strategy to counter the black money forces leading this suppression operation. voters. ” Whitehouse pointed out. Garland made domestic terrorism his top priority following the January 6 insurgency. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt / AFP / Getty Images To be sure, Garland’s early policy steps and budget demands suggest he is moving quickly to reorient departmental priorities to bolster civil rights work, Garland has asked Congress 209 million dollars – $ 33 million more than the year before – which he stressed would be needed to continue the wave of hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic, and to guarantee the expansion of voting rights as Republican efforts to reduce them in many states are currently underway. Additionally, on May 4, Garland testified in the House that he was seeking a budget increase of over $ 100 million to fund the fight against domestic terrorism: the new budget seeks $ 45 million. more for the FBI to expand its domestic terrorism investigations, and $ 40. I’m more for US attorneys to handle these cases. Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski said in an interview that the changes under Garland’s watch were encouraging. “I was very happy to see their movements in Arizona and to restore historic roles in the enforcement of civil rights and voting rights.” Some ministry voting veterans are also optimistic about the changes underway. “The DoJ was missing in the Trump years in terms of civil rights enforcement – especially in the voting world,” said Gerry Hebert, senior counsel in the voting rights section for over 20 years . But Karlan and Clarke, Hebert said, are “superstars of the civil rights community… and will be a game changer because they know how tough enforcement of civil rights laws improves the lives of all Americans.