Garland places new restrictions on political activities for Justice Department political appointees
The announcement comes as the Justice Department is under increased scrutiny for its handling of sensitive political investigations. The guidelines are updated regularly.
The revised policy, Garland notes, includes no exceptions — even for those whose family members are running for office, an exception that was made in previous years.
“I know you agree it is critical that we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards to avoid even the appearance of political influence as we carry out the Department’s mission. It is in that spirit that I have added these new restrictions on political activities by non-career employees,” Garland concluded.