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Attorney General Merrick Garland denounced “conspiracy theories” being put forward that the Justice Department is being weaponized against the former president Donald Trump as “dangerous for democracy” and for the staff.

In an editorial for the WashingtonPost On Tuesday, Garland said there had been “an escalation of attacks in recent weeks that go far beyond public scrutiny, criticism and legitimate and necessary oversight of our work.”

The attacks, he writes, come in the form of Republican threats in the House of Representatives to halt investigations of certain departments, most recently the special counsel’s prosecution of the former president.

Referring to Trump’s hush-money trial, without naming the former president, he added that attacks also “come in the form of conspiracy theories created and spread with the aim of undermining public confidence in the legal process itself. This includes false claims that a case brought by a local prosecutor and resolved by a jury verdict in a state trial was somehow controlled by the Department of Justice.”

Garland argued that these “conspiracy theories” were “fabricated and disseminated for the purpose of”

undermining public confidence in the judicial process itself’, but vowed not to be ‘intimidated’.

In defense of the Justice Department, he argued, “decisions on criminal investigations are based solely on the facts and the law.”

“We don’t investigate people because of their last name, their political beliefs, the size of their bank account, where they come from or what they look like,” he wrote.

To demonstrate the kinds of violent threats that these “conspiracy theories” and “falsehoods” can exacerbate, Garland opened with the example of a California man recently convicted of threatening to bomb an FBI office and commit a crime. ‘murder wave’ that the man claimed was about to happen. “are highly explainable by (DOJ) actions.”

He added: “Continued unwarranted attacks on Department of Justice employees are dangerous to people’s safety. They are dangerous to our democracy. This has to stop.”