AG Merrick Garland ignores Trump-era order to declassify Russian collusion hoax material

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland continues to ignore an order issued when former President Donald Trump was in office to declassify much of the material in the investigation that looked into whether Russia helped him win the 2016 election.

“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,” the Washington Examiner‘s Quin Hillyer wrote in a recent opinion piece.

“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,” he added.

Violation of the law

As it currently stands, Garland is in violation of the law to not follow through on the Trump-era order. Congressional Republicans could investigate the issue, bringing the neglect to the broader attention of the public.

Garland could face concerns in this area, but his recent debacle regarding a memorandum he sent to the FBI over the “threat” of concerned parents at local school board meetings has generated much more interest.

Garland wrote in response to a National School Board Association (NSBA) letter to President Biden asking for protection of school board members against threats from parents. The letter suggested that some of the more vocal parents were akin to “domestic terrorists.”

One of many concerns

Garland has also been in the spotlight for having a son-in-law who profits from a company that produces curriculum that includes the controversial teachings of critical race theory, as Fox News reported. A growing number of Republicans are asking questions about inappropriate connections as Garland has targeted parents who are opposing the practice in public schools.

More than 30 House Republicans sent a letter to Garland last week regarding the matter.

“Your memorandum furnishes no detail of any occurrences that justifying directing federal law enforcement to coordinate nationwide opposition to this political movement,” the letter read.

It noted “no such support” was found in the Sept. 29 letter from the NSBA to the Biden administration.

“To be sure, the NSBA spewed overwrought claims of ‘threats and acts of violence against our public school officials’ and ‘heinous acts [that] could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.’ But the roughly 20 newspaper reports referenced by the NSBA do not come close to substantiating those characterizations,” the letter added.

Garland is increasingly finding himself at odds with those he leads as well as American laws. As the attorney general of the United States, it’s a pretty awful look.

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