Is It Time to Fire Merrick Garland?

Is It Time to Fire Merrick Garland
Is It Time to Fire Merrick Garland?

Attorney General Merrick Garland’s caution in his approach to prosecute the January 6 Committee referrals is harming our democratic values and short-circuiting the rule of law. It has been almost six months since Congress referred Mark Meadows to the Department of Justice, and four weeks since it referred Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in their criminal contempt, and yet no one knows if Garland would act or not. Six months without a whisper seems like Merrick Garland has relegated the matter to no action on his part. No one knows when, if at all he would ever hold those in contempt of Congress accountable for disparaging our laws. His reluctance to deploy the powers of the Department of Justice to serve the public interests begs the question: Is it time to fire Merrick Garland?

Has the time come to replace him with a more aggressive AG who would be willing to take the steps necessary to protect Congress legislative rights and rally the Democrats behind the notion the Biden Administration is not as dysfunctional as it may look?

Because, as of now, Garland’s molasses approach is frustrating many in Washington. To include the January 6 Committee whose members are becoming restless over his procrastination.

In Today’s Washington, we need an AG who can act, not deliberate. One who can show assertiveness in the face of abject non-compliance, and not a timid thinker. If the GOP wins back the House in 2022, Garland’s lack of action will haunt him for the rest of his days. He seems not to care, or not to understand his role.

Or maybe he is too scared to fulfill his responsibilities. No matter the answer, maybe it’s time President Biden asked Merrick Garland to step aside.

He is souring many in Washington enough to ask whether it is time to fire Merrick Garland.


In a scathing article for NBC, Michael Conway writes:

By a vote of 220-203, the House held Peter K. Navarro, Trump’s trade adviser, and Dan Scavino Jr., who was responsible for Trump’s social media strategy, in criminal contempt of Congress for stonewalling the Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenas. But that vote will be a futile gesture if the Justice Department refuses to prosecute Navarro and Scavino. That’s not an idle concern. The timidity of Attorney General Merrick Garland has already undermined the committee’s ability to obtain the evidence of a key witness, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. More than 110 days ago, the House held Meadows in contempt of Congress and urged Garland to prosecute him criminally for interfering with its investigation. NBC News by Michael Conway - April 7, 2022

Compare Merrick Garland lack of action to the duly aggressive positions of NY Attorney General Letitia Jones. One has a purpose and a goal, while the other is miscalculating the resentment many feel towards his leisurely approach. Enough for many to doubt his sincerity to actually go after the truth of what happened on January 6.

This is how dysfunctional our view of Garland’s competence has become. He is souring many in Washington enough to ask whether it is time to fire Merrick Garland.

Garland seems to have adopted a scheme to appease his detractors. When under immense pressure, he appears briefly to relieve the pressure, then he goes back into hiding again. Never to be seen until a new round of fresh criticism.

Does Garland see his role as an appeaser of the alt-right more than an Attorney General to uphold the law?


What kind of a game Garland is playing is anyone’s guess. It would not surprise me, at all, if he intends to protect Donald Trump and his inner circle.

Does Garland see his role as an appeaser of the alt-right more than an Attorney General to uphold the law? Or does he have a big plan he intends to unfold all at once that would put all his critics to rest? Your guess is ours too. No one simply knows. And that lack of knowledge is harming the chances of the Democrats come November 2022.

Would Garland spring his surprise in September to rally the doubters? Or will he simply miss the opportunity to seek real justice in the face of so many criminals gasconading his timidity?

If President Biden has any doubts, he should err on the side of caution. He should fire Merrick Garland as an insurance policy against the possibility of fizzle and die non-indictment or non-investigation of Trump and et. al.

Is It Time to Fire Merrick Garland?

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