What Garland Didn’t Say In His Op-Ed Criticizing Republican Oversight Of DOJ

FILE - Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice, June 13, 2022 in Washington. Garland told reporters Wednesday, July 19, that “we do not do our investigations in public,” and in explaining his silence on the question, called the Jan. 6 probe “the most important investigation that the Justice Department has ever entered into.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Attorney General Merrick Garland attempted Wednesday to shut down criticism of the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) with an op-ed in The Washington Post. But his flat dismissal of concerns over the DOJ’s politicization as “conspiracy theories” fails to engage with the facts.

Garland’s response in the Post came the week after he testified during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that he would “not be intimidated” by attacks on the department, and ahead of a House vote holding him in contempt of Congress for declining to turn over the recording of President Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur.