More Democrats calling for AG Garland to be fired

Although Attorney General Merrick Garland has held his job for less than a year, some Democrats are already calling on President Joe Biden to replace him.

Frustration with Garland is growing

According to the Daily Caller, many on the left have grown increasingly impatient over Garland’s failure to indict former President Donald Trump or speed up the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation of January 6.

Among them is Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, who this weekend tweeted, “How many crimes does Trump need to commit to be prosecuted — or at least investigated — by the DOJ?”

“He pressured lawmakers to overturn an election and obstructed justice to hide his crimes. Trump is a threat to our democracy, and we need to treat him like one.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller noted how during an appearance last Friday on MSNBC, Virginia Rep. Elaine Luria complained that the DOJ has yet to prosecute former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Fox News reported in December that Meadows was referred for contempt charges after he refused to appear before the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6.

“It’s been over three months since we referred those charged relative to Mark Meadows—The Department of Justice needs to move swiftly,” Luria told MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Jonathan Turley says White House is behind media criticism

That sense of frustration is shared by former Republican political strategist turned NeverTrump activist Cheri Jacobus.

“It’s time for a group of respected, experienced, influential legal eagles to sign a letter to President Biden demanding the firing of Merrick Garland,” Jacobus tweeted on Monday. She added, “It has to happen, and this can give Biden some political cover. The status quo cannot stand.”

Jacobus is not alone in declaring that it’s time for Garland to go, as the Daily Caller pointed out that Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin made a similar argument this week.

She wrote that Biden “has every right to a new attorney general who embraces the public, educational nature of the job and who will push back aggressively against institutional reticence and wariness of disrupting outmoded conventions.”

According to a recent blog post by George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, the media criticism of Garland is part of a strategy by the Biden administration to indirectly pressure him.

 

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