Attorney General Garland
Attorney General Merrick Garland Discusses Key Priorities for Justice Department
Washington, D.C. – Attorney General Merrick Garland sat down for an exclusive interview today to discuss his key priorities for the U.S. Department of Justice, shedding light on the direction he intends to take the nation’s top law enforcement agency. Garland, who assumed office in March 2021, outlined a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening the rule of law, promoting civil rights, and addressing emerging threats to national security.
Garland began the conversation by emphasizing the Department’s commitment to upholding the rule of law, saying, “The bedrock of our democracy is a commitment to the rule of law. It’s what separates us from autocracies and dictatorships. The Justice Department’s primary role is to ensure that the law is enforced fairly and impartially, without favor or bias.”
One of the key areas of focus for Garland’s tenure as Attorney General has been to address issues related to civil rights and social justice. He stated, “We’re committed to ensuring that all Americans have equal access to justice. This includes combating hate crimes, protecting voting rights, and working to reform our criminal justice system to make it more fair and just.”
Garland also discussed the Department’s ongoing efforts to combat domestic terrorism and protect national security. “The threat landscape has evolved in recent years,” he noted. “We are actively addressing the rising threat of domestic extremism, which poses a significant challenge to our nation’s security.”
In the wake of recent cybersecurity incidents and concerns over foreign interference in U.S. elections, Garland stressed the importance of the Justice Department’s role in protecting the integrity of the democratic process. “We are working closely with our partners in the intelligence community to counter cyber threats and foreign influence operations,” he said. “Ensuring the integrity of our elections is a top priority.”
The Attorney General also touched on the Department’s commitment to addressing issues related to police reform and accountability. “We are working with law enforcement agencies and communities across the country to build trust and accountability. Policing must be carried out in a way that is both effective and fair.”
As the interview concluded, Garland expressed optimism about the Department’s ability to meet the challenges facing the nation. “The Justice Department has a critical role to play in ensuring that our democracy remains strong and that all Americans are treated with fairness and respect under the law,” he said. “We are fully committed to this mission, and we will continue to work tirelessly to uphold the principles of justice, equality, and the rule of law.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s vision for the Department of Justice places a strong emphasis on upholding the rule of law, promoting civil rights, and safeguarding national security. As he and his team work to implement these priorities, the nation will be watching closely to see how the Department’s actions align with its stated goals.