Imagine him on the Supreme Court.
More evidence emerges that Attorney General Merrick Garland has allowed the Department of Justice to become outrageously politicized on behalf of liberal interests. Indeed, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer is breaking the law.
Nine months into the Biden presidency, Garland has yet to comply with a perfectly legitimate order issued by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office. The order, made in the worthy cause of public transparency, would declassify much of the material from the investigation into Russia’s efforts to help Trump win the presidency.\
Absent a countervailing public order by President Joe Biden, it is the absolute, lawful duty of Garland to comply with Trump’s order and with the senators’ demands. In this case, it would be highly improper for Biden to issue such an order, as it would amount to protecting his close political allies at the expense of the public’s right to know how its own government was compromised.
In thumbing his nose at a presidential order and at duly elected senators, Garland is on shaky ground. If Democrats in Congress cared, as they should, about their institutional authority rather than covering up what would be a short-term political embarrassment, they would join Republicans in insisting that Garland do his duty.
Garland right now is in violation of the law and in obvious contempt of Congress. If he continues this course, Congress should make a formal finding of contempt and President Biden should order Garland’s deputies to enforce it against their boss.