Social Media Blasts Attorney General Garland After He Says DOJ Applies ‘Same Laws to Everyone: ‘Straight-up Liar’Social Media Blasts Attorney General Garland After He Says DOJ Applies ‘Same Laws to Everyone: ‘Straight-up Liar’Social Media Blasts Attorney General Garland After He Says DOJ Applies ‘Same Laws to Everyone: ‘Straight-up Liar’
Social media users blasted U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for claiming during a recent hearing that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) applies “the same laws to everyone.”
Critics of the Biden administration denounced the A.G.’s claim Wednesday, calling it “bulls—” and asserting that “no serious person believes” it.
Some others called Garland a “straight-up liar.”
The attorney general claimed while testifying for several hours at a House Judiciary hearing Wednesday. Members of Congress cross-examined Garland as part of its investigation into the alleged politicization of the DOJ during the Biden administration.
Garland’s claim follows testimony by IRS whistleblowers before Congress that decisions about prosecution made during the years-long federal probe into first son Hunter Biden have been politically influenced.
The attorney general denied politicization during the hearing and bias at the department under his watch. He insisted that the same laws apply to all citizens the DOJ investigates.
At one point, Garland told the committee, “Our job is to uphold the rule of law. That means we apply the same laws to everyone. There is not one set of laws for the powerful and another for the powerless, one for the rich and another for the poor, one for Democrats and another for Republicans; or different rules depending upon one’s race, or ethnicity or religion.”
“Our job is to pursue to justice without fear or favor. Our job is not to do what is politically convenient. Our job is not to take orders from the president, Congress, or anyone else, who or what to criminally investigate,” added Garland.
The claim by the attorney general follows long-running accusations from former President Donald Trump and others that the Biden DOJ has been politically weaponized against the former president, including during the FBI’s raid on the president’s Mar-a-Lago home. The raid culminated in the former president being indicted on federal charges for allegedly concealing classified documents at the estate.
In addition, conservatives have hammered the A.G. for the alleged disparity in the department’s treatment of January 6 offenders and Antifa/BLM rioters from the summer of 2020 and the FBI’s alleged aggressive investigative tactics toward traditional Catholic communities.
After years of these and similar allegations against the DOJ piling up, conservatives on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, didn’t buy Garland’s statement.
Conservative influencer and Turning Point USA Kambree commented, “Someone needs to fact-check this, stat.”
A Fox News contributor, Leo Terrell, condemned AG Garland’s testimony, posting, “YOU ARE WATCHING A LIAR!”
“Dude is a straight-up liar,” posted conservative commentator duo The Hodge Twins.
Harmeet Dhillon, civil rights attorney, quipped, “Need Pinocchio meme stat.”
“No serious person believes this,” claimed conservative content creator “Nuance Bro.”
The official House Judiciary Republican account commented, “No one believes him.”
“Bulls—. We don’t believe you!” added political influencer Natalie Danielishen.
Garland lost his temper during a heated exchange with a representative
AG Garland lost his temper during a heated exchange with GOP Representative Van Drew of New Jersey during the Wednesday hearing.
Van Drew made an opening statement about an anti-Catholic memo circulated within the DOJ before questioning Garland. He was brought to the committee for a hearing on the federal government’s weaponization against President Joe Biden’s political opponents.
“The two-tiered system of justice is clear, and it’s clear to the American public,” said Van Drew. “The buck stops with a man in charge. That man is you. The actions of the DOJ are on you. The decline of American’s trust in our federal law enforcement is on you. The political weaponization of the DOJ is on you. Attorney General, I need a simple yes or no to the following. Just yes or no because we don’t have much time. Do you agree that traditional Catholics are violent extremists, yes or no?”
Although Garland attempted to frame an answer from Van Drew’s statement, the representative kept pressing for a direct response.
“Attorney General, through the chair, I ask you, do you agree that traditional Catholics are violent extremists? Answer the question,” said Van Drew.
The attorney general responded that he didn’t know what “traditional” meant, but Van Drew cut him off.
“Catholics! Catholics that go to church,” said Van Drew.
“May I answer the question,” said Garland and was cut off again.
“Yes or no,” said Van Drew.
“The idea that someone with my family background would discriminate against any religion is so outrageous, so absurd, that it’s hard for me to answer your question,” said an upset Garland, who is Jewish.
But Van Drew would not let up, “Mr. Attorney General, it was your FBI that did this. It was your FBI that was sending — and we have the memos, we have the emails — were sending undercover agents into Catholic churches.”
“Both I and the director of the FBI have said that we were appalled by that memo,” said Garland.