Is Attorney General Merrick Garland letting Trump’s people off the hook?


Trump critics’ anxiety over Attorney General Merrick Garland is mounting.

The former federal judge has promised to restore the independence of the Justice Department after years of Trump-related controversies. But a narrative has formed that Garland is too set on moving forward, and not focused enough on bringing wrongdoers associated with the Trump administration to justice.

For instance, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin switched from praising Garland in May for putting “justice” back in the Justice Department to declaring him in June the “wrong man for the job.” Many in the liberal legal community have made similar critiques, as have government ethics advocates.

The criticisms of Garland focus mainly on three different sets of issues.

First, his DOJ has made certain arguments in civil lawsuits originally aimed at President Trump and his appointees. Under…

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