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Attorney General Merrick Garland rejects 'false' claims DOJ trying to influence election in op-ed

Attorney General Merrick Garland responded to criticism of the Department of Justice in a Tuesday op-ed for The Washington Post, calling claims that the department has been politicized "false."

Without naming them, Garland alluded to former President Trump and his allies, who have repeatedly claimed the DOJ was involved in the New York criminal case against the presumptive GOP nominee, who was found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records by a Manhattan jury.

"We have seen an escalation of attacks that go far beyond public scrutiny, criticism, and legitimate and necessary oversight of our work. They are baseless, personal and dangerous," Garland wrote.

Garland said the attacks come in the form of "threats" to defund Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith's efforts to prosecute the former president.


Trump's lawyer, Will Scharf, argued during an appearance on ABC in early June that Matthew Colangelo, a former DOJ official, helped Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg prosecute the case against Donald Trump.

"Well, how about the fact that Matthew Colangelo was standing over Alvin Bragg’s shoulder when he announced this verdict," Scharf said. "I mean, Colangelo was the number three official in the Biden Department of Justice who suddenly disappears and shows up as an assistant district attorney, right as Trump’s case in New York starts to proceed. You want to talk about political …"

The attorney general said the attacks on public servants were "absurd and dangerous," as they were just doing their jobs.

"The Justice Department makes decisions about criminal investigations based only on the facts and the law. We do not

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