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Attorney General Merrick Garland has set new limits on the political activities of some Justice Department officials, but also made a strong reminder of the limits already in place.
Political appointees — workers employed by the presidential administration who have not made careers in the department — are essentially prohibited from participating in partisan political events such as fundraising and rallies.
In an Aug. 30 memo, Garland said he was ending a longstanding policy of allowing appointees to attend these events if they participated passively and received prior approval from the department. rice field.
He said that from now on, attending political events during presidential elections, even if they are for family members, would be prohibited, and he would not be allowed to attend political events in a personal capacity on Election Night. added.
“As employees of the State Department, we are entrusted with the authority and responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States in a neutral and impartial manner. We must do everything we can to ensure that reality and appearance – neither undermine nor affect the integrity of our work,” Garland wrote.
Garland also issued a memo on complying with the Hatch Act, which prohibits public officials from using their government positions to endorse political parties or candidates.
Questions have recently been raised about protections against improper political influence over the Justice Department.