Attorneys General Accuse Merrick Garland of ‘Sowing Seeds of Distrust Among American Electorate’

Sixteen attorneys general wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, stating the Justice Department has been weaponized against U.S. states.

The letter follows Garland’s recent speech where he condemned “discriminatory, burdensome, and unnecessary restrictions on access to the ballot.”

“The right to vote is still under attack,” Garland said last month. “That is why we are challenging efforts by states and jurisdictions to implement discriminatory, burdensome, and unnecessary restrictions on access to the ballot, including those related to mail-in voting, the use of drop boxes, and voter ID requirements.”

“That is why we are working to block the adoption of discriminatory redistricting plans that dilute the vote of Black voters and other voters of color. We are holding accountable jurisdictions that fail to provide accessible vote centers for voters with disabilities,” he continued.

The Republican AGs criticized Garland’s claim that voter ID is an “unnecessary restriction on access to the ballot.”

“On the contrary, voter ID laws prevent voter fraud by stopping those who attempt to impersonate others at the polls,” the AGs asserted, adding, “Voter fraud and voter impersonation is very real.”

“By using the DOJ against the states, you continue to sow the seeds of distrust among the American electorate,” the attorneys general wrote. “The DOJ has no authority to dictate to the states in matters that concern their sovereign right to ensure safe, secure, and free elections. Although we do not know exactly the strategy the DOJ intends to take with its numerous election attorneys, we intend to vigorously defend our election laws. We will not allow intimidation and fearmongering to supersede the will of the people.”

Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita of Indiana led the letter alongside the attorneys general of West Virginia, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

“The Biden administration is weaponizing the U.S. Department of Justice against the states,” Rokita said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “These actions pose a direct threat to democracy, election integrity and the rule of law. We will stand up and defend our rightful authority within the framework of American federalism.”

“With voter confidence at an all-time low, the U.S. Department of Justice should champion voter security measures instead of attacking states that implement them.” he added. “And the DOJ should respect, as well, the constitutional provisions giving states the role of regulating elections.”

American Faith reported that Lara Trump said she will focus on election integrity as Republican National Committee (RNC) Co-Chair.

Upon declaring her candidacy for the role, Trump wrote on X, “I promise you that I will be laser-focused on election integrity, voter turnout, and ensuring every dollar spent goes towards winning!”

Trump was later unanimously voted in as RNC Co-Chair.