U.S. Lawyer Basic Merrick Garland is about to deal with Republican claims head-on when he testifies earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, defending the Justice Division from what he describes as false narratives that threaten legislation enforcement and the integrity of the DOJ.

“I can’t be intimidated,” Garland plans to declare, in keeping with excerpts from his ready remarks. “And the Justice Division is not going to be intimidated. We are going to proceed to do our jobs free from political affect. And we is not going to again down from defending our democracy.”

This look comes on the heels of Donald Trump’s latest conviction in New York on 34 counts associated to falsifying paperwork to hide a cost to an grownup movie actress earlier than the 2016 election. Moreover, Trump faces three different prison circumstances: two federal circumstances introduced by Particular Counsel Jack Smith regarding his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and mishandling labeled paperwork, and a state case in Georgia additionally tied to his actions post-2020 election.

Republicans have claimed these circumstances are politically motivated, accusing President Joe Biden of utilizing them to intervene with the upcoming 2024 election. They’ve even threatened to defund Smith’s investigations into Trump.

Garland’s testimony will confront these accusations instantly, condemning the GOP’s push for audio recordings from Biden’s interview with a second Particular Counsel who investigated Biden’s retention of labeled information, calling their calls for “no legit function” and a part of a sequence of baseless assaults.

“It comes alongside threats to defund specific division investigations, most lately the Particular Counsel’s prosecution of the previous President,” Garland will assert. “It comes alongside false claims {that a} jury verdict in a state trial, introduced by an area District Lawyer, was in some way managed by the Justice Division. That conspiracy principle is an assault on the judicial course of itself.”

Additional, Garland will defend the DOJ’s legislation enforcement operations in opposition to unfounded accusations, significantly addressing Trump’s false claims in regards to the FBI’s intentions throughout the search of his Florida property. Trump alleged the FBI was “approved to shoot me” and was “locked and loaded,” claims Garland goals to refute.

Final week, U.S. District Decide Aileen Cannon declined to impose a gag order to forestall Trump from making inflammatory feedback doubtlessly endangering FBI brokers, who’re set to testify. Particular Counsel Smith has renewed this request, and Trump’s authorized group has till June 14 to reply.

With out mentioning Trump instantly, Garland’s ready testimony will deal with the “baseless and very harmful falsehoods” regarding the FBI’s operations and the “heinous threats of violence” geared toward DOJ’s profession public servants.

“These repeated assaults on the Justice Division are unprecedented and unfounded,” he plans to emphasise. “These assaults haven’t, and they won’t, affect our resolution making.”

Garland’s testimony is anticipated to underscore his dedication to sustaining the Justice Division’s independence and integrity amidst ongoing political pressures.