Attorney General Merrick Garland has issued a memorandum throughout the Justice Department on Tuesday warning employees not to speak to members of Congress in the wake of whistleblowers reaching out to Republican lawmakers.
“Attorney Garland Merrick Garland just sent out a message to everyone at the Justice Department, ordering no one may contact Congress,” said former Chief Counsel for Nominations to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and attorney Mike Davis. “(My source: Congress.) Why didn’t he order a similar gag on the inappropriate and illegal Justice Department leaks to the media? Coverup.”
Attorney Garland Merrick Garland just sent out a message to everyone at the Justice Department, ordering no one may contact Congress.
(My source: Congress.)
Why didn’t he order a similar gag on the inappropriate and illegal Justice Department leaks to the media?
— ?? Mike Davis ?? (@mrddmia) August 30, 2022
Garland’s memo states employees may only communicate with members of Congress with the approval of the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA).
“Except as provided in this chapter, no Department employee may communicate with Senators, Representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination, consultation, and approval by OLA.”
NEW: Attorney General Merrick Garland also sent a memo today reminding DOJ employees of the policies around communications with Congress. pic.twitter.com/8lN5tlyE7C
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 30, 2022
Garland then insisted that his effort to keep employees away from members of Congress “is not intended to conflict with or limit whistleblower protections.”
If Garland is so concerned about adhering to DOJ regulations, why has he not issued a similar memorandum to employees illegally leaking to the legacy media related to the Mar-a-Lago raid?
Shot across bow of whistleblowers.
When will AG Merrick Garland find the “appropriate time to reaffirm to all Department personnel” that it is inappropriate to selectively leak to the media about ongoing criminal investigations?
And illegal to leak from grand jury proceedings? https://t.co/bsjKXfy4VL
— ?? Mike Davis ?? (@mrddmia) August 30, 2022
This comes as at least 14 DOJ whistleblowers have come forward to Republican lawmakers like Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) alleging systemic FBI corruption ranging from the Hunter Biden laptop story, to the raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and the FBI’s Russia collusion operation.
Tim Thibault, an assistant special agent-in-charge at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, was forced to resign and was escorted from the building this week after whistleblowers alleged he helped bury the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the 2020 election.
“The fact that [the raid occurred] one week after a whistleblower said this very office that conducted the raid has a political manipulation problem should concern us all. There should have been a pause. There should have been somebody answering questions,” said Just The News reporter John Solomon.
“Director [Christopher] Wray called the allegations ‘very troubling,’ and he removed the number two official in that office just last week. But that doesn’t do enough to assuage the very serious questions that Senator Charles Grassley – a very serious senator – has raised, and it doesn’t really assuage all the things that we continue to learn about the Russia collusion case.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) pushed back against Garland’s threat Wednesday, assuring whistleblowers will be “protected” if they reach out to his office.
“DOJ employees, take notice: No matter what this memo says, you are protected by federal law if you contact my office to blow the whistle on the improper politicization of the Department of Justice by Merrick Garland and Joe Biden,” he tweeted.
DOJ employees, take notice: No matter what this memo says, you are protected by federal law if you contact my office to blow the whistle on the improper politicization of the Department of Justice by Merrick Garland and Joe Biden. https://t.co/agu5RJwos8
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) August 31, 2022
Kurt Siuzdak, a former FBI agent and prosecutor who represents whistleblowers, said Tuesday some FBI personnel are now demanding that Director Wray resign.
“I’m hearing from [FBI personnel] that they feel like the director has lost control of the bureau,” Siuzdak told The Washington Times. “They’re saying, ‘How does this guy survive? He’s leaving. He’s got to leave.’”
Trump responded Wednesday to the developments on his platform Truth Social, praising the FBI whistleblowers for coming forward to Congress.
“Congratulations to the many FBI & DOJ Whistleblowers who have flooded the offices of our Senators and Congressmen/women with really bad things to say about what is going on,” Trump wrote.
“This is the time, after many years of lawbreaking and unfairness, to clean things up. All things for a reason. DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!”