The Washington Post, in its editorial on Saturday, called for laws to prevent law enforcement from using the US Department of Justice as a weapon against the press or political opponents of any future US president.
The newspaper’s call comes in light of the recently revealed information about the efforts of the US Department of Justice under former President Donald Trump to obtain records and contact data for Democratic House lawmakers and journalists. Read also The Inspector General of the US Department of Justice is investigating the Trump administration’s efforts to obtain communications data for Democratic journalists and lawmakers Trump fired him.. the inspector general accuses the State Department of preventing him from investigating arms sales to Saudi Arabia Months after the dismissal of his predecessor, the Inspector General of the US State Department resigned
The Washington Post commented that the news follows recent revelations that federal investigators sought similar data on journalists who exposed Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the ensuing investigation into the Kremlin’s meddling in the US presidential election.
In both cases, the newspaper said, the Ministry of Justice obtained gag orders; To prevent the targets from knowing that the government has seen their personal information.
The Washington Post called on US Attorney General Merrick Garland – who is part of the Biden administration – to be transparent about the subpoenas under investigation.
She said that the US Congress should pass legislation to prevent future US Attorneys General from the US Department of Justice from repealing any standards set by Garland, and that the top priority of the current attorney general should be to repair the ministry’s reputation after 4 years of violating its principles that provide for preventing political interference in investigations and trials.