(USNewsMag.com) – In an Oct. 1 interview, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that if he was asked by President Joe Biden to request the Department of Justice go after former President Donald Trump, he would resign.
The comments came as part of an interview with CBS News host Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes,” as Garland responded to criticism of the timing of Trump’s indictments and Department of Justice investigations. Garland argued that prosecutors that work for the Department of Justice “are non-partisan,” adding that “partisan considerations” do not “play any role in their determinations.” He claims the timing was not done to hurt Trump’s chances of being the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.
In regard to Trump, Garland assured me he was not communicating with Biden or members of the Biden administration. He stated that if Biden asked, he “would not do anything in that regard” and resign if necessary. He insisted that Biden “has never tried to put his hands on these investigations.”
Garland stated that there is not “one rule for Republicans and another rule for Democrats.” He stated that the only rule “is that we follow the facts and the law.”
The Department of Justice is at the center of the indictments against Trump as well as the indictment against Hunter Biden and the classified documents found in President Joe Biden’s home and office. Three separate special counsels have been appointed by Garland. Special Counsel Jack Smith was appointed by Garland to lead the investigation into Trump. Special Counsel Robert Hur was appointed by Garland to investigate the classified documents found in Biden’s possession.
During the interview, Garland insisted that he was not participating in the decisions made by Department of Justice Special Counsel David Weiss, who was appointed by Trump. Weiss is leading the investigation into Hunter Biden, who was indicted on three federal gun charges. When asked if the White House was influencing those decisions, Garland insisted, “Absolutely not.”
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