Attorney General Merrick Garland advised House lawmakers Tuesday that the Biden Administration’s 2022 price range request for the Department of Justice (DOJ) would search an $85 million improve from final yr’s price range for home terrorism investigations and instances.
“Our budget supports my commitment to protecting our national security, including addressing both international and domestic terrorism while respecting civil liberties.” Garland testified to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. “It includes increases of $45 million for the FBI domestic terrorism investigations and $40 million for the U.S. attorneys to manage increasing domestic terrorism caseloads.”
The improve from final yr’s price range for home terrorism instances comes as Democrats have sought to label Trump supporters who protested on January 6 on the Capitol as home terrorists, home violent extremists, and white supremacists. Committee Chairman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) stated on the listening to the “attack on the Capitol” was an “unprecedented” risk from home violent extremism.
Garland testified throughout his affirmation listening to that his first precedence as lawyer normal can be the investigation into January 6. So far, the DOJ has charged greater than 400 individuals as a part of that investigation.
Garland additionally stated at Tuesday’s listening to the specter of home violent extremism and home terrorism retains him up at night time.
“My oath is to protect the Constitution and Americans from all enemies, both foreign and domestic,” he stated. “And so both forms of terrorism are extraordinary concern to me. We never want to take our eyes off of what happened on 9/11 and that the risks that the country continues to face from foreign terrorist attacks on the homeland.”
“Likewise, we have a growing fear of domestic violent extremism and domestic terrorism and both of those keep me up at night…virtually every morning, I get a briefing from the FBI in one of the other or both areas,” he advised the committee.
Committee Ranking Member Robert Aderholt (R-AL) pressed Garland on why the FBI categorised the 2017 congressional baseball recreation capturing that focused Republican members of Congress as a case of “suicide by cop” as a substitute of home terrorism, regardless of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence doing so, as beforehand reported by Breitbart News.
The lawyer normal stated he had not but had an opportunity to talk to the FBI about it and promised he would achieve this.
Garland additionally stated the entire price range request seeks to extend the DOJ’s civil rights funding by $33 million, for a complete of $209 million for the civil rights division, the group relations service, and associated civil rights work. The price range may also embody a “historic investment of $1 billion” to help the division’s Office of Violence Against Women.
The DOJ price range request consists of a rise of $304 million, for a complete of $1.2 billion, for packages that help “community-oriented policing and addressing systemic inequities,” he stated.
He additionally stated funding to fight gun violence would improve by $232 million, for group violence intervention packages, to enhance background checks, and for extra complete pink flag legal guidelines.
Garland promised the DOJ would step up its work on environmental justice, asserting that “communities of color, low-income communities, and tribal communities often suffer the most harm from environmental crimes and pollution.”
Garland additionally requested a 21% price range improve for the Executive Office for Immigration Review that may pay for 100 new immigration judges, improved know-how, and different “efficiency mechanisms” to scale back a backlog of almost 1.3 million instances pending earlier than immigration courts.
“I have mentioned only a few of the department’s important programs this morning. I ask your support for our budget as the entire department works to ensure adherence to the rule of law, protection and public safety, and equal justice for all Americans,” he testified.