Brandon Van Grack spoke to the Washington Post about Attorney General Merrick Garland’s approach to leading the Department of Justice and the investigations the agency is pursuing.
“You’re seeing this attorney general, deputy attorney general and their senior staff not have a heavy hand on the direction of politically sensitive or politically charged investigations,” says Brandon L. Van Grack, a top prosecutor on the Michael Flynn case, now in private practice, who withdrew from the case just before senior political appointees moved to drop the prosecution in 2020. “Such actions help improve morale at the department and at the FBI, and will be one of the biggest drivers of creating that confidence” in the department.
Garland’s patient strategy of acting every day with reassuring consistency will turn down temperatures in a healthy way, says Brandon: “I think over time, you’ll see the department avoid the political spotlight. And as a result, you’ll hopefully begin to see the media not characterizing the department’s actions through a political lens, but through the merits of the investigative actions themselves.”
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