Mollie Hemingway THUMPS AG Garland for ‘threatening Americans’

With the Justice Department taking fire for its role in the lawfare being waged against Donald Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee, Attorney General Merrick Garland is going on the offensive.

Garland penned an op-ed published by the Washington Post demanding an end to “unfounded attacks” on the DOJ, prompting The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway to return serve.

“Threatening Americans that they better stop criticizing the corrupt DOJ should probably take care of the DOJ’s image problem with the American people,” the Fox News contributor posted on X.

In an effort that summarily dismisses recent criticism as little more than an attempt to “bully and intimidate” the department, Garland deflects from the weaponization of justice in America to target political opponents.

“In recent weeks, we have seen an escalation of attacks that go far beyond public scrutiny, criticism, and legitimate and necessary oversight of our work,” he said.

Likening criticism to threats of violence, Garland declared these attacks are “baseless, personal and dangerous.” He defined criticism of the DOJ as “conspiracy theories crafted and spread for the purpose of undermining public trust in the judicial process itself,” claiming it includes “dangerous falsehoods about the FBI’s law enforcement operations.” He further defined criticism as “false claims that the department is politicizing its work to somehow influence the outcome of an election,” adding that it includes “efforts to bully and intimidate our career public servants.”

Citing the Biden regime’s media allies, Garland said, “[T]here is an ongoing effort to ramp up these attacks against the Justice Department, its work, and its employees.”

“We will not be intimidated by these attacks,” he added.

Garland essentially declared that the DOJ would defend free speech — so long as it is regime-approved free speech.

“The Justice Department will continue to uphold its obligation under the Constitution to fiercely defend the right of all Americans to peacefully express opinions, beliefs and ideas. Disagreements about politics are good for our democracy. They are normal,” he wrote.

“But using conspiracy theories, falsehoods, violence, and threats of violence to affect political outcomes is not normal,” Garland concluded. “The short-term political benefits of those tactics will never make up for the long-term cost to our country. Continued unfounded attacks against the Justice Department’s employees are dangerous for people’s safety. They are dangerous for our democracy. This must stop.”

The attorney general cleverly interprets criticism of the agency he runs as attacks on DOJ employees while reserving the right to determine what are “conspiracy theories [and] falsehoods.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on the social media platform X:

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