Attorney General Garland: Biden DOJ Budget Includes $85M Increase To Probe Domestic Terrorism Cases

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Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke about the budget request Joe Biden and his administration would make heading into 2022. According to him, the budget request for the Department of Justice would see an $85 million increase from the 2020 budget for domestic terrorism investigations and cases.

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“Our budget supports my commitment to protecting our national security, including addressing both international and domestic terrorism while respecting civil liberties.” Garland testified to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science. “It includes increases of $45 million for the FBI domestic terrorism investigations and $40 million for the U.S. attorneys to manage increasing domestic terrorism caseloads.”

This was an expected increase. Democrats try to label Donald Trump’s supporters as domestic terrorists, domestic violent extremists, and white supremacists. They are telling a different story for all the people who protested on January 6 at the Capitol. Committee Chairman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) spoke at the hearing and said the “attack at the Capitol” was nothing but an “unprecedented” threat from domestic terrorists.

Garland testified during the confirmation hearing that his main priority would be a thorough investigation into the January 6 riots. Recent reports reveal that the DOJ has charged more than 400 Americans as part of their investigation.

The Attorney General said that he can’t sleep because of the threat of domestic violence extremism and domestic terrorism.

“My oath is to protect the Constitution and Americans from all enemies, both foreign and domestic,” he said. “And so both forms of terrorism are an extraordinary concern to me. We never want to take our eyes off of what happened on 9/11 and that the risks that the country continues to face from foreign terrorist attacks on the homeland.”

“Likewise, we have a growing fear of domestic violent extremism and domestic terrorism and both of those keep me up at night…virtually every morning, I get a briefing from the FBI in one of the other or both areas,” he told the committee.

Committee Ranking Member Robert Aderholt (R-AL) pressed the Attorney General on why the Federal Bureau of Investigation decided to classify the 2017 congressional baseball game shooting as a case of “suicide by cop” instead of domestic terrorism. The shooting targeted Republican members of Congress. The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had a different description for the shooting.

Garland said he has yet to talk to the Bureau about the investigation and promised to do that.

The Attorney General explained that the total budget request will increase the Department’s civil rights funding by $33 million. It will go as high as $209 million for the civil rights division, the community relations service and related civil rights work. The budget includes another “historic investment of $1 billion” to support the Office of Violence Against Women.

The budget request has an increase of $304 million for $1.2 billion for programs focused on “community-oriented policing and addressing systemic inequities.”

Garland said funding to fight gun violence would go up by $232 million. This includes community violence intervention programs, background checks, and more comprehensive red flag laws.

The attorney general promised the Department would improve its work on environmental justice, adding that “communities of color, low-income communities, and tribal communities often suffer the most harm from environmental crimes and pollution.”

Garland requested a 21% budget boost for the Executive Office for Immigration Review that will finance 100 new immigration judges, better technology, and “efficiency mechanisms” that would reduce the number of cases pending before immigration courts. There are nearly 1.3 million cases.

“I have mentioned only a few of the department’s important programs this morning. I ask your support for our budget as the entire department works to ensure adherence to the rule of law, protection and public safety, and equal justice for all Americans,” Garland testified.

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Source: Breitbart


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