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Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has highlighted an “unprecedented rise” in threats against public officials across the United States.
In an ABC News interview, Monaco said, “I get something called urgent reports. These are reports that come in from the field from US attorneys all across the country. Every week, sometimes more often, I am getting reports about threats to public officials, threats to our prosecutors, threats to law enforcement agents who work in the Justice Department, threats to judges.” She said just in the last week, “We’ve had cases involving threats to kill FBI agents, a Supreme Court justice and three presidential candidates.”
Monaco’s disclosure comes amid heightened tensions and accusations, with some Republicans alleging that the Department of Justice has unfairly targeted former President Donald Trump. According to Monaco, these claims do not reflect the reality of the Justice Department, which she described as “dedicated men and women” committed to their duties irrespective of political leadership.
The Justice Department, under Monaco’s and Attorney General Merrick Garland’s oversight, has appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith to investigate Trump’s alleged mismanagement of classified documents and an alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Trump has criticized these actions, while the GOP has criticized the DOJ’s handling of investigations into President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Despite this, Monaco claimed that neither she nor Garland has discussed these sensitive investigations with Biden, adding that the DOJ works “independently, confidentially, and free of any outside or inappropriate influence.”