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WATCH: Merrick Garland Acknowledges Ruling On Trump’s Criminal Culpability; Stresses Not Undermining Investigation

WATCH: Merrick Garland Acknowledges Ruling On Trump’s Criminal Culpability; Stresses Not Undermining Investigation

America is waiting, with varying degrees of patience, for something substantial to come out of the Justice Department investigation of the January 6th attack on Congress. The biggest question, of course, is whether Donald Trump is criminally culpable for any of the events of the day. Attorney General Merrick Garland is the subject of much criticism for the speed (or rather, lack thereof) with which the investigation seems to move.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 27: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about oversight of the Department of Justice on October 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images)

He’s asked the public to have patience, refusing to directly address whether there will ever be criminal charges for Trump, but at least promising that no potential defendant will be skipped over for political reasons, as some have speculated.

At an unrelated press conference Friday, Garland accepted a few questions pertaining to the January 6th investigation, including one about a recent court ruling in which the judge stated plainly that Trump had “more likely than not” committed crimes in his attempt to overturn the election.

Garland acknowledged that he is aware of that ruling, but again stressed the importance of not releasing any information in an ongoing investigation.

“The best way to undermine an investigation is to say things out of court,” Garland reiterated.

Separately, asked about the January 6th Committee’s referral of Mark Meadows for contempt, Garland said much the same.

“We don’t comment on ongoing referrals.”

In the meantime, the January 6th Committee’s investigation continues to close in, with additional contempt referrals, and has said that public hearings will likely begin at some point this spring.

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