Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton (R) has a message for DOJ employees: you are protected.
Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a memo Tuesday to Department of Justice employees reminding “all Department personnel of our existing policies regarding communications between the Justice Department and Congress,” citing the central Justice Manual provision (JM 1-8 200.) That provision states, “Communications between the Department and Congress … will be managed or coordinated by OLA (Office of Legislative Affairs.)”
The provision continues, “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.”
Garland’s DOJ has come under intense scrutiny with the Mar-a-Lago raid and the Hunter Biden laptop cover-up owning the headlines and chyrons over the last few days. But his “reminder” reads like a warning to whistleblowers —and Sen. Cotton isn’t happy about it.
“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 asserted.
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
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In October 2021, Cotton blasted Garland, telling him he should “resign in disgrace” for directing the FBI to investigate and potentially target “parents at school board meetings.”
Cotton ripped Garland over the basis for a Justice Department memo, which Garland had justified by pointing to “news reports” and a letter from the National School Boards Association.
‘You Are Protected By Federal Law’: Tom Cotton Counters Garland’s Warning To DOJ About Speaking To Congress https://t.co/8vo7etBbMj
— Daily Wire News (@DailyWireNews) August 31, 2022