Attorney General Merrick Garland in his Wednesday speech urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to be patient about the investigation into those responsible for the January 6, 2021 uprising, but the dismay of many continues to grow.
Garland has faced criticism from social media pundits for the DOJ’s alleged slowness and inaction, particularly in the 2022 midterm elections. If Republicans win back control of Congress, they are expected to further block and discredit the investigation and allegations as a partisan “witch hunt.”
“I understand there is a broader public interest in our investigation,” Garland said in his Wednesday speech. “We understand how long the investigation will take, and there are questions about what we’re actually doing.”
“Our answer is and will remain the same as we would in relation to any ongoing investigation, so long as it takes time and all that takes place for justice is consistent with the facts and the law,” he said. He continued.
“I understand this may not be the answer some people are looking for,” he said, “but we will and we should speak through our work.” Anything else jeopardizes the viability of our investigation and the civil liberties of our citizens. ,
Garland noted that since the uprising, the DOJ’s 56 regional offices and nearly all 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices—including approximately 140 prosecutors from the Capital, Attorney’s Offices, and DOJ divisions—have “issued more than 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants.” , seized nearly 2,000 devices. Searched through more than 20,000 hours of video footage and an estimated 15 terabytes of data,” as well as followed more than 300,000 tips from citizens.
However, many Twitter commentators worry that the DOJ’s arrest and public disclosure of information is not happening quickly enough.
“I think Merrick Garland has been extremely vulnerable, and I think the organizers of January 6th should be arrested by now,” Democratic Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego told CNN Wednesday morning.
Writer Callie Joy Gray posted, “So far, Merrick Garland hasn’t said a word about who did – and instigated – the January 6 uprising. I understand that doesn’t want to politicize the DOJ, but it’s a ridiculous piece of history.” It’s whiteness.”
“The clock is ticking,” she continued. “The GOP is rewriting history. It’s hard to see how there will be full accountability before it’s too late.”
TV and film Michael Green wrote, “For men like Merrick Garland and Robert Mueller there is a sober, methodical restraint that would kill us all.”
Conservative commentator Tim Young wrote, “Sooo…somebody tried to pipe bomb the DNC and the RNC a year ago and Merrick Garland doesn’t have an update on this… Got it.”
Young’s remarks refer to the absence of arrests in connection with two pipe bombs placed at the headquarters of both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee on January 5, 2021.
Eli Honig, a former federal and state prosecutor, wrote, “If you wanted to know what Merrick Garland would say later, it’s (below). ‘Law and facts, no fear or favour, no one above the law’ It is, and it is important to say. But without meaningful action, it is rote boilerplate used by every AG to justify every action (or inaction).”
Action novelist Don Winslow wrote, “Dear Merrick Garland, putting everything else aside, please explain to the American people why the Justice Department didn’t prosecute Donald Trump for calling Georgia Sec of State Brad Riffensperger on Jan. , who violated Fed law? This is an associate witness on tape.”
Winslow’s remarks refer to a January 2, 2021, audio recording of then-President Trump pressuring Raffenspar to find 11,780 votes to help defeat then-president-elect Joe Biden in the state of Georgia.
Journalism professor Jason Johnson wrote in a series of tweets, “It takes a special kind of courage to remind a presser of everything you haven’t really done in the past year. Abortion in TX – We Work on It” Voting Rights – Waiting on Congress, Jan 6 – Just another witch accused of #MerrickGarland.”
In another tweet, Johnson wrote, “James Comey gave the 2016 election a highly inappropriate press conference saying he was looking at Clinton’s emails. Garland is discussing the prosecution of terrorists with less urgency and this #Garland Not encouraging #MerrickGarland.”