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Politics Garland Sets New Limits on White House-DOJ Communications

06:47  22 july  2021
06:47  22 july  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Advising White House about criminal, civil probes off- limits . Agency’s success rests on trust of people, Garland says. U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland shared new guidelines that clarify when the White House can turn to the the Justice Department for legal advice in a memo to agency staff on Wednesday. The guidelines, developed in consultation with President Joe Biden’s legal counsel, would ensure the agency’s enforcement decisions and legal work are free from “partisan or other inappropriate influences,” according to Garland ’s memo.

“The Justice Department will not advise the White House concerning pending or contemplated criminal or civil law enforcement investigations or cases unless doing so is important for the performance of the President’s duties and appropriate from a law enforcement perspective,” Garland wrote. “Specific procedures apply to communications with the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) in order to ensure that DOJ exercises its investigatory and prosecutorial functions free from the fact or appearance of improper political influence,” Remus wrote in her 14-page directive.

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland shared new guidelines that clarify when the White House can turn to the the Justice Department for legal advice in a memo to agency staff on Wednesday.

The guidelines, developed in consultation with President Joe Biden’s legal counsel, would ensure the agency’s enforcement decisions and legal work are free from “partisan or other inappropriate influences,” according to Garland’s memo.

Former President Donald Trump has been criticized for interfering in the agency’s operations, pressuring prosecutors to go after his political enemies and lambasting them for pursuing cases against his friends. Trump’s attorney general William Barr was accused by critics of abusing his power to support the Trump administration’s political moves.

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Garland takes over a Department of Justice under the Biden administration that is vowing to play a more active role in civil rights and restore its institutional independence after a steady erosion during the Trump era. Five years after Senate Republicans refused to vote on his nomination to the Supreme Court, Garland 's In preparation for his Senate confirmation as attorney general, Garland hired three former clerks for key advisor posts at DOJ , including Kate Heinzelman, a former Obama White House lawyer and deputy general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Garland and the White House have had stand-offs over senior positions at the Justice Department, with Garland pushing to install many of his own former clerks. The two sides have also not issued their promised memos that govern which WH-DoJ contacts are permissible — and which are off limits . Former Justice Department spokesman MATTHEW MILLER recalls a similarly rocky patch for the White House - DoJ relationship in 2009 when Obama aides were taken by surprise by backlash to a Justice Department brief that critics said compared same-sex relationships to incest.

Garland didn’t mention those criticisms in his memo.

Merrick Garland wearing a suit and tie: Attorney General Garland Holds News Conference On Voting Rights Enforcement Action © Bloomberg Attorney General Garland Holds News Conference On Voting Rights Enforcement Action

Merrick Garland

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The new guidelines, which according to the memo supersede all previous memoranda, list the areas when the agency can communicate with White House personnel, including communications over national security issues, such as counterterrorism and espionage.

But the attorney general makes it clear that criminal and civil investigations are off limits, and the Justice Department won’t advise the White House about those “unless doing so is important for the performance of the president’s duties.”

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Garland , a former top Justice official who last served during the Clinton administration, said he would reaffirm a host of standards including those that "strictly regulate communications with the White House ." President Joe Biden has described his selection of Garland , now a federal appeals court judge, as an attempt to turn the page at a department roiled by politics and efforts by former Acknowledging last summer's social justice protests, Garland highlighted the mission of the department 's Civil Rights Division to protect the rights of the "most vulnerable members of our society."

When it comes to hiring, decisions must be made without regard to the applicant’s partisan affiliation, Garland said.

“Efforts to influence personnel decisions concerning career positions on partisan grounds must be immediately reported to the deputy attorney general,” Garland said.

Regarding procurement and grantmaking, the White House can chime in on policies and priorities but awarding contracts and grants is “subject to the norm of independence in decision-making,” Garland said in the memo.

The agency’s success rests on the trust of the American people,” Garland said in the memo. “That trust must be earned every day. And we can do so only through our adherence to the longstanding Departmental norms of independence from inappropriate influences, the principled exercise of discretion, and the treatment of like cases alike.”

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