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tv   Part 4 - Attorney General Testifies on Justice Dept. Oversight Matters  CSPAN  October 22, 2021 3:49am-4:56am EDT

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would just urge the department of justice as it has been doing under your leadership to keep doing all that's possible to defend and protect the integrity of the right to vote. let me also just comment that there are some who continue to lie about the election, they're lying about covid, they're lying about the department of justice. mr. attorney general, you're a man of great integrity. under your leadership, the department of justice is off to a good start. we appreciate the work you're doing. keep it up on behalf of the american people and the constitution. i yield back. >> thank you, congressman. >> the gentleman yields back. there is a technical issue with the zoom feed, so
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the hearing will reconvene. i remind people, if they're not wearing masks, they will not be recognized. mr. nag goose. >> thank you, mr. chairman. good afternoon attorney general. thank you for being here and for your leadership at the department of justice. i want to thank my colleague, representative bass. i know she engaged in a line of questioning about the tragic death of elijah mcclain in my home state of colorado. i was happy to hear the
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department is -- we've reduced a bill to ban the use of ketamine. we welcome the opportunity to work with your department on that particular legislation in honor of elijah's memory. on march 22nd of this year, as you know, my community of boulder, colorado, experienced a horrific tragedy as a gunman killed ten people using an ar-15-style pistol with a modified arm brace. the brace attachment allowed a shooter to fire an easily concealable pistol. in the immediate aftermath, i sent a letter to the president and to the department of justice along with 100 of my colleagues requesting the administration use its authority to regulate concealable assault-style firearms that fire rifle rounds. as i mentioned to you when we met at the white house in april,
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i was very pleased that doj would be issuing a rule regarding the pistol stabilizing braces. i want to thank the department and wonder if you might be able to ob opine on the status of the rule and where you are in the rule making process? >> i believe we're still in the rule making process. i can't rib whether the comment period has closed or not. as part of the administrative procedure act we have to go through a rule making procedure, and that's what's going on here, to prevent the pistols from being used as short-barrel rifles which are prohibited. >> again, i appreciate the department taking that proposed rule seriously. we look forward to the results of the rule making process as do my constituents in boulder who are grieving the losses in the
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community. i know attorney general garland, you'd agree with me, current law allows for grand jury material, known as rule 6e, to be released publicly after 30 years. that's current law. is that right? >> actually, i'm embarrassed to say this, but i don't think that's correct. we have made a recommendation to the federal rules committee that it be released. i think 30 years is the time. but the rules committee has not yet decided whether that will be the case. i think 30 years was the number we recommended. >> that's the subject i was wanting to dig in on. my understanding is that current law provides for 30 years. the trump administration in 2020, senior trump administration official or lawyer at doj proposed the time period be extended to 50 years. my understanding is the department of justice has continued that request and made that request for the time period to be extended to 50 years. as you can imagine, there are a lot of concerns, many of which i
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hold and many of my colleagues hold around judicial secrecy and the extension of the time period to 50 years would seem a bit much if were that to be adopted, many of the materials released post watergate would still be secret today. >> we have sent another letter post the letter you're speaking about to the rules committee. there's no reason why we can't share it. it's not a private letter or anything. it went back i think even a shorter period than the holder letter originally was. i'll ask my staff to get that for you. >> that's terrific to hear. thank you, attorney general, and i thank the department for making that change. i think that is going to allay many of the concerns that folks have. i appreciate the department of justice doing that. last question, national substance abuse prevention is this month. i now my colleague from florida,
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representative deutsche asked you a question with respect to the opioid epidemic on average, two colorado ans are dying a day. i just wanted to give you an opportunity before the hearing concludes here this afternoon to add anything else further you'd like to do with respect to your answer to representative deutsche about the department's work to address this epidemic. i think there's bipartisan interest in the congress in partnering with your department to ensure those are applied of colorado. >> this is a terrible epidemic. i went to the u.s. attorney's offices all across california. also in tucson to find out what's happening with respect to the importation of the fentynal. these pills are something like
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four out of ten pills. it's like playing russian roulette. if you take one, you die. the kids taking those have in idea that's what's happening. sometimes they think it's something else they are buying rather than those. it's an overwhelming problem run by the cartels. the dea is working hard on this matter.
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>> the gentleman's time has expired. >> thank you. as someone born in the soviet union, i'm disturbed by the department of justice as a political tool in its power as a police state to suppress local public discourse. the fbi is started to resemble old kgb with secret surveillance, wiretapping and intimidation of citizens. you said it's the foremost
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responsibility of the department of justice to defend the constitution. do you plan to defend the second amendment rights which are protected by our constitution as vigorously as you do abortion rights? yes or no. >> yes. >> do you believe pfizer report citing widespread and material noncompliance by the fbi with proper due process for surveillance of u.s. citizen s a violation of the fourth amendment? >> i think it's a violation of the fisa act by itself without having to get to the constitution. we take this extraordinarily seriously. that's why we have an inspector general. that's why our national security division reviews what the fbi does with respect to fisa. i know the fbi director takes this very seriously as well. they have made major fixes to their practices so this won't occur again. this is being audited and
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reviewed by our national security division. i take this very seriously and i agree we have to be extremely careful about surveillance of american citizens only as appropriate under the statute. >> how often do you discuss fisa relations in your briefing? >> there's a quarterly review that intelligence community and national security division submits. i always review those.
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it's pretty frequent. >> every report will have material, not non-material. talking about another topic. former border patrol chief said the open border poses a real terror threat. do you agree with the border patrol chief or secretary who recently said the border is no less secure than before? >> if you're asking about terrorism, traveling across the border, i'm concerned about that across all of our borders. this has been a continuing concern --
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>> do you agree what's happening now is making it less secure and have a real increased terror threat? >> i believe combination of intelligence community and fbi are working hard to make sure that people crossing the border do not constitute a terrorist threat. we have to always be worried about the possibility and we are ever vigilant on that subject. >> can you assure the american people wow you will be able to protect our country from a terrorist attack that result from this lawlessness at the border? >> i can assure the american people that the fbi the is working every day to protect the american people from terrorism from whatever direction it comes.
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>> considering current situation on the border, do you take any specific actions at the border? >> well, with respect to the first part of your question about afghanistan, the fbi is participating along with homeland security and vetting the refugees who have landed in various locations and then in bases in the united states. they are doing everything they can to vet for those purposes. with respect to crossing of the border,bination this is intelligence community getting information about who might be trying to cross it. >> you can reassure -- >> the gentle lady's time has expired. >> yields back. >> there are many others in this room outside of myself that want to thank you so much for such a long career of public service.
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as you may know, i lost my son jordon almost nine years ago now. he was simply sitting in a car with three of his friends playing loud music when a stranger complained about the volume of the music, called the boys gang bangers and thugs and he took my son's life. i'm very pleased that the president has committed to preventing gun violence and he's tasked you with the role of being supportive if gun violence prevention in america. april 7, 2021 an announcement of initial actions to curb gun violence, the biden white house encouraged congress to pass the national red flag law.
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>> we're in favor of national red flag law. what we're doing now is making model red flag laws for the states. these models provide that guns can be taken away from a person in distress normally from a mental crisis of some kind. it provides protections for those people to ensure they haven't been inappropriately taken.
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>> thank you. attorney general garland, we lost 49 people, including many young people at the mass shooting at pulse nightclub in orlando, florida. the shooter was previously the subject of a ten-month fbi investigation and during this investigation, the fbi interviewed the shooter's wife who later said he strangled her, he raped her, beat her and even while she was pregnant, he threatened to kill her. 53% of mass shootings involve a shooter killing intimate partner or family member among other victims. even among those mass shoot who are do not kill an intimate partner as in the pulse shooting, there's a history of domestic violence. since the pulse shooting, has the department updated this domestic investigations or operating guide or u.s. attorneys manual to ensure it's
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examining whether a person has a history of domestic violence? >> i don't know the exact answer into the past. i know the deputy attorney general is doing a review in the way the department treats victims, including victims in the circumstance that you talked about. >> thank you very much. can you assure me we're not missing any opportunities to save american lives. >> that's our number one goal. by clarifying the definition of firearm and gun smith among all other small changes.
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how will this new definition help reduce the sale of ghost guns and increase background checks prior to their purchases? >> ghost gun, which are ready, sometimes ready build shoot. they are kits you can buy in pieces and put them together. this will require that serial numbers be put on the pieces and that federally licensed firearms dealer has to do the background check.
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i've been in chicago and new york and been quite stunned to learn the high percentage of gun at murder scenes where that a high percentage were ghost guns. i had not realized how significant the problem is. police are reporting that ghost guns are becoming more and more of a problem. i'm hopeful this will give us a chance to beat back. . >> the time of the gentle lady has expired. >> attorney general garland, in a press release announcing the investigation, i'm from minnesota. guess where some of the questions are doing. in a press release announcing the investigation, you said the doj investigation into the minneapolis police department will examine the use of excessive force by police including during those protests.
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will you also be investigating the origins of the deadly riots that ravaged large parts of minneapolis? >> i think these are two separate kinds of investigations. the one under the police department allows to do unconstitutional policing. it was welcomed by the chief and the mayor. that's a separate one. the investigations of the riots are undertaken by the u.s. attorney's office as well as by the states attorney. i think it's called states attorney. maybe it's the county state's attorney in minneapolis, i guess. those are two separate set of investigations. >> your department, doj, will not be investigating that? >> u.s. attorneys office to the extent there were federal crimes has been investigating those crimes.
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i don't know -- i have no idea. >> doj will not be investigating. >> i don't believe so. >> during the riots following the george floyd, the death of george floyd, dozens of people were injured, countless small businesses, churches were damaged, a police station was burned down, a post office was burned down, looted and damaged all over. thousands of people had to flee minneapolis to avoid the violence. is the department of justice investigating these riots as a act of domestic terrorism at all? >> if i'm understanding correctly, we're talking about 2020. >> after the death of george floyd. >> yes. that investigation, that was ordered by the previous attorney general. i don't know whether that is concluded. i believe -- i don't know whether there are ongoing investigations anymore from that investigation except for the charges that were made at the time and those cases are being
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followinged. >> maybe you can get back to me, in particularly, or the committee on the status of those and what is happening with that? >> i'd be happy to have my staff get back to yours. >> appreciate that. i wanted to focus a bit on the third police precinct that was burned down and still had not been rebuilt. police officers don't even know if they will have a job in a few weeks given the resolution that's in front of the body there. they have a resolution and you're probably not familiar with it but they don't know if they have a job because they may be defunding the police in minneapolis. the city is down 200 officers pre-covid. police officers are demoralized, struggling. they don't feel supported at all. they are having a hard time. you're initiating investigation of the minneapolis police department. considering the scrutiny they are under, how do you propose
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minneapolis can keep up police officer morale now they are under investigation and the criticism they are taking as well? >> well, let me say first on the defund police issue. department does not support defunding the police. we asked for more than billion dollars, major increase in funds for local -- >> i didn't imply you did. i want you to understand the context of the question because it's in front of the minneapolis residents now. >> i do. with respect to the pattern of practice, there were a large number of serious incident well reflected and there were general agreements there were problems. this doesn't mean that every police officer, quite the contrary. this means, my belief and from talking to many police officers, that they believe it's important that there be accountability and that officers who break the law are held accountable so the community retains its trust and
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the good police officers who do not break the law and those are very large majority. they need that trust in order to have the cooperation of the community and that's the only way they can be safe and that's the only way the community can be safe. i think police officers should look at these investigations in a positive way and we're trying to present them in a positive way. >> attorney general, i think the problem is they are being, it's piling on. it's continuing to pile on in particular in minneapolis with these police officer who is are there. many have grown up there. >> the time has expired. >> thank you. i yield back. >> i want to discuss with you missing and murdered and indigenous girls. it's a national shame when native women are murdered or when they disappear, their cases do not receive the resources or investigations they deserve. their loved ones are left
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without answers. president biden made significant and specific commitments to travel to support investigations. i'm not convinced those commitments have been kept, particularly by the department of justice. as attorney general, you serve on the operation lady justice task force. that was a task force created under the last attorney general, not you. you agree our travel communities deserve more from the nation's top law enforcement official? >> i think this is a terrible tragedy, this circumstance.
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i have been to the u.s. attorney's offices in oklahoma which have significant tribal responsibilities. we have spoken about those matters. >> there's 574 recognized tribes in the united states. 300 have reservations and more than one million native americans live on reservations. there are fewer than 200 agents in if fbi's indian country program. do you believe the fbi's indian country program is sufficiently staffed? >> i think the fbi could always use additional resources. i have to look into that specific question, which i haven't evaluated whether there
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are sufficient staff. >> in light of facts, will you commit to adding staff to the program? >> i'm very interested in normal approach on this is cooperation with tribal officers and cooperation with the sovereign tribes so we are in sync on this rather than the federal government invaing tribal areas. i think we need to look at this closely. >> when they ask for additional federal support, to investigate the cases, they feel like they don't receive the help. our nation knows the story of gabby petito. all of us grieve for her family and friends. i wish that every missing person's case earn the same level of attention.
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the fbi committed significant resources to that case, which i appreciate. when a native woman goes missing or any woman of color, they don't get the same level of attention from the department of justice and the fbi. what would you say to their families to explain why? >> i don't think there's any excuse for not giving equal treatment to native, indigenous missing persons. i don't believe there's any effort to not do that. i know fbi and the marshal service are involved in this along with their partners.
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>> that breaks my heart because i can see why so many native american families feel like their missing or murdered loved ones do not matter to federal government. what i hope and expect is more than lip service. i look forward to your words in the near future. thank you, mr. attorney general. >> the gentleman yields back. mr. massey. >> thank you. you annoyanced the doj would police speech at school board
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meetings. in your opinion, what limitations does the 10th amendment bring to your effort to police those school board meetings and speech? >> let me be clear. we have no intention of policing school board meetings nor does any memorandum from me suggest that we would do that. what you're referring to is about threats of violence and violence. that's all it's about. we greatly respect the first amendment right of parents to appear before school boards and challenge and argue against provisions that the school boards are doing. this memorandum has nothing to do with that. >> you believe the sheriffs and the local police should police these school board meetings and investigate the threats of violence? >> yes. first step is for state and local authorities to do that. this is about cooperating with
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state and local authorities. there are some federal statutes that cover threats and intimidation and harassment. we have the obligation to enforce those. >> okay. >> those don't apply -- >> thank you. i was hoping you would articulate the 10th amendment or some argument that comes from that because i'm concerned that the announcement was in effort to basically freeze the speech or to suppress the speech of school board members. there's a concern that there were agents of the government or assets of the government present on january 5th and january 6th during the protest and i've got some pictures that i want to show you if my staff could bring those to you. >> i'm probably going to go to
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jail tomorrow. we need to go into the capitol. into the capitol. >> i'm afraid i can't see that at all. we're going to the capitol. >> is that approved video? >> all right. you have those images there. they are captioned. they were from january 5th and january 6th. as far as we can determine, the individual who was saying he'll probably go to jail. he'll probably be arrested but they need to go into the capitol the next day. the next day directing people to the capitol and as far as we can find, this individual has not
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been charged with anything. you said this was one of the most sweeping investigations in the history. have you seen that video or those frames from that video? >> so, as i've said at the outset, one of the norms of the justice department is to not comment on impending investigations and not comment about particular scenes or particular individuals. >> i was hoping today to give you an opportunity to put to rest the concerns that people have that there were federal agents or assets of the federal government present on january 5th and january 6th. can you tell us without talking about particular videos how many agents were present on january 6th? whether they agitated to go into the capitol and if any of them did? >> i'm not going to violate this norm of the rule of law. i'm not going to comment on investigation that's ongoing. >> let me ask you about the
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vaccine mandate, is it true that they can apply for religious exemption? >> the mandate, as i understand it is mandate which allows exceptions provided by law. >> the religious exemption has a basis in the constitution. that's required to be constitutional. can you tell me if anybody has been granted a religious exemption? >> i don't know. >> i believe that it's fraud. fraud to tell people you'll preserve their constitutional religious accommodations by telling them they can apply for exemption and not allowing any of those exemptions. i'm sad to see you can't tell us -- >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> welcome attorney general. i'd like to try to get to three
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important areas. number one, let me follow up on some of the questions we had around guns. most ghost guns are untraceable. they are common and should concern us all. this march investigators uncovered a trafficking ring of frequenting gun shows to sell ghost guns spreading them in my district and across commonwealth. it impacts regular americans like heather and matthew from pennsylvania who were shot and killed last year by leather's ex-husband. the subject of a protection order. he took her life with a ghost gun.
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>> we are finding more and more ghost guns at violent crime scenes. i don't remember the statistics but i believe in both new york and in chicago, i was told that 20% of the crime scenes, the violent crime and murder scenes were finding that they were done by ghost guns. they have two problem. they are untraceable because they don't have serial numbers and they are not subject or been some dispute about whether they are subject to requiring background checks. we require the parts of the gun sold in kits are sampled with serial numbers by the manufacturer and when they are sold they must have serial
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numbers on them as a kit and they must run the background checks that you're talking about. >> thank you for that rule making. i hope we'll do more. on the issue of opioids. as you pointed out last year was deadly. the total number of people who died of over dose was 93,331 people. you know that our state, pennsylvania, is particularly upset with doj sweetheart deal that was made last year with the saclers. what can i say? what can you say to victims of addiction in to the families who have lost people by the flooding of the market and letting them really, literally the rich and powerful get away with it. >> i don't think i'm able to talk about that case because it's in litigation.
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the only thing i'll point out is the justice department opposed the release of liability, personal liability, the family in that matter being brought by our bankruptcy trustee. it's on appeal now. >> i hope that justice will be done for the families. on a third matter, asylum. it's a human right. i'm horrified by the inhumanity we have seen and the ongoing use of a trump era title 42 authority to expel migrants. you are now at the helm of doj. will you continue the use even after cdc stated there's no evidence that the use of title 42 will slow the spread of
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covid. >> the use of authority comes from the cdc itself. they are the ones that issued the orders with respect to title 42. this is a challenge in the courts. there's concern of covid because of what the grounds are. this doesn't have anything to do with my view or the government's view about the importance of asylum. it goes only to the cdc's authority under title 42 to issue this kind of order. >> it's my understanding that cdc says there is no evidence that the use of title 42 will slow the spread of and the worry about the spread of covid from those seeking asylum. i hope we can look into that and stop the use of title 42.
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i yield back. >> the gentle lady's time has expired. >> thank you. >> a colleague asked many raskin take down his words. i think if folks would admit that president biden won the 2020 election and stop pushing the big lie, they wouldn't have to worry about being accused of being in a cult. attorney general garland, i represent congressional district 16 and in el paso, texas. we're coming into this hearing fresh off the heel offense a gravely unjust redistricting session where republicans engage in deliberate, shameless, extreme partisan jerry mandserring. texas gained two new house seats fueled by the growth in our lat -- latino nation.
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republicans chose not to add the districts and according to a lawsuit filed by the mexican american defense fund, drew maps that diluted the voting rights. this process was opaque. perhaps because texas republicans hired a political operative known to have republican members of congress sign nondisclosure agreements. i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record an article from the texas tribune entitled texas appears to be paying a secretive republican political operative $120,000 annually to work behind the scenes on redistricting. >> without objection. >> thank you so much. my own district was impacted in a process i have described as being akin to looting. what steps is the justice department to ensure that redistricting plans do not
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violate the voting rights act and discriminate against racial, ethnic and minority language voters? >> we announced before redistricting plans began because we knew the census would be leading to redistricting plans. the voting section of the civil rights division will be reviewing all these plans. that's why we doubled the size of the voting section. >> thank you. in addition to the extreme partisan gerrymandering that's going on, states like mine have passed voter suppression legislation. all of it rooted in donald
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trump's big lie about the 2020 election. in light of these numerous state laws that pass that restrict access to the ballot box, howat risk are minority voters from being disenfranchised over the coming years and what will departments do? >> justice department has authority over the voting rights act to prevent changes in practices and procedures with respect to voting that are discriminatory in the ways that you describe. we have section two that laws us to make the determinations. the voting rights section is
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reviewing the changes that are made as they are being made and after they are being made we have filed one lawsuit alread in that respect. the investigations are continuing. i can't talk about any particular state. >> thank you. in my very limited time, women in texas are under attack. our freedom to reproductive rights and rights to an abortion are under attack. this has been furthered by the supreme court. what are some of the practical consequences of the court's decision denying stay in the case, the texas case via the process known as the shadow docket. you have about 20 seconds. i'm so sorry. >> most of what i'm about to say is reflected in the briefs we just filed the other day asking them to take this case.
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what we're concerned about is inability of anybody to challenge what is a clear violation of the supreme court's precedent with respect to the right to abortion because of the way the law is structured. we can't have a system in which constitutional rights evade judicial review whether it's about abortion or any other right. i think i'll leave it with our briefs which were just filed and which explicate what i just said in greater detail and i'm sure with greater style. >> thank you. i yields back. >> gentle lady yields back. mr. jones. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i wish that rather than trying to redefine the words domestic terrorism, my republican colleagues would simply instruct their supporters to stop engaging in it. mr. attorney general, thank you for your testimony today. as an alumnus at legal policy, i know about what you and your
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attorneys have engaged in. i'm deeply appreciative of that. >> thank you. >> you won't be surprised that i want to speak about protecting the fundamental rights of americans to vote which is clearly under assault. you underscored in your remarks to the civil rights division in june that the right to vote is the corner stone of our democracy. you have said much the same today. states have launched the most severe assault on the right to vote since jim crow. it's hit voters of color, seniors, young people and voters with disabilities the hardest. president biden has warned we are facing, quote, the greatest test of our democracy since the civil war. as you said in your remarks, the civil rights division so far this year, at least 14 states pass new laws make it harder to vote. that total has since risen to
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19. mr. attorney general let me start with a simple question to you. which of those 19 states has the justice department sued for unlawful or unconstitutional voter suppression? >> this is on the public record. we sued georgia. >> only one out of 19. in your june address you said it requires meaningful enforcement. as we face a historic level of voter suppression and even as we confront grave threats to the integrity of vote counts, the justice department has not challenged the vast majority of these laws in court. would you say that bringing one case against state voter suppression is meaningful enforcement? >> i think we have to prevent discriminatory violations of the voting rights act where ever they occur and as many states as they occur.
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the voting rights division is devoted to making those kind of analysis but we have to do each case one by on because of the elimination of section five. i have great confidence in her and the division. >> you mentioned that section five has been hampered. it's been hampered in that shelby v holder decision in 2013. are you familiar with the
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freedom to vote? the revised version of the for the people act. >> i know what it is. i know some provisions but i don't know every provision. >> well, i would submit we need to pass that in the senate given the democracy saving provisions that are contained therein. it's long past time for the senate to pass both of these pieces of legislation. i'm convinced the justice department needs new tools to fully protect our democracy. we learned yesterday, the filibuster, a rule crucial is the last obstacle. if presented with a choice betweenerer forming the filibuster and protecting the right to vote or protecting the fiibuster or allowing voter suppression to continue, which would you choose? >> look, i think the right to
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vote is absolutely essential and it is a corner stone of democracy. a question of the house rule s a question for the house. i'm very mindful of separation of powers. >> as an american, i'm grateful for your work but if we do not reform the filibuster and act now to protect the right to vote, the same white nationalists who incite violence insurrections at the capitol and lie about the efficacy of masks and vaccines will disenfranchise their way back to power. please take that message back to the president of the united states when you have a conversation with him about the filibuster and what which he do to help us here and protect american democracy which is in grave peril. >> the gentleman's time has expired. i recognize mr. roy for the
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purpose of a uc request. >> i appreciate that. i have a document from an organization parents defending education in which they had sought a request from the national school board association and we have got the e-mail exchanges from that that i would like to insert into the record. a director discusses talks with white house staff. >> without objection. >> thank you. >> miss ross is recognized. >> thank you, mr. chairman and attorney general garland, thank you so much for being with us today. i also want to thank you for mentioning the work of the department of justice with respect to the colonial pipeline in your opening remarks.
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i want to begin with a few questions about cyber security. ransomware attacks are concerns throughout the country but particularly in my district. in may nearly three quarter of raleigh gas stations were left without fuel. the colonial pipeline paid ransom demanded by the hackers in order to unlock their systems and resume operations. while the doj recreptly launched ransom ware and digital extortion task force was able to recoup some of the money. victims are often left to negotiate with attackers to recover the systems without any federal help. i'd like for you to share why doj chose to be more aggressive in the colonial pipeline situation and what are the
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factors that lead doj to get involved directly in a ransomware case? >> the problem is generally not all victims of ransomware tell us. not all victims tell us before they make ransom payments. we have some opportunity to help between the fbi and the computer section of the justice department and the computer section at the department of homeland security. we are willing and able to deal with victims of ransom ware including doing negotiations, if necessary. i think this is really more of a question of getting cooperation
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from the victims. no disrespect to the victims but they are not always willing to tell us in advance. i think it would be helpful if we were told. >> would it be helpful if you had reporting on what victims had paid in ransomware in a larger registry? >> the more information we can find out about whose demanding the ransoms, what victims are paying, how they are paying, what kind of wallet they are paying them into. what kind of crypto wallets they are being asked to pay them into. all of those things help us understand the ecosystem. the more information we have, the better. >> i'm going to switch to the era and women's rights. today marks the 50th anniversary of the equal rights amendment
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and its passage in house of representatives. since the bill passed the house in 1971, 38 states have ratified the era. under the trump administration, the doj's office of legal counsel issued an opinion blocking the archive of the united states from certifying the amendment even if congress extends the deadline. as you know, women continue to face obstacles to their equality in pay, in child care, in the criminal justice system. scholars at the era projected columbia law school have released a new analysis arguing the memo should be withdrawn.
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it's common practice for the doj to review prior legal opinions and withdraw those that are not legally sound. will you commit today to closely exam the olc memo and if you agree with these legal scholars that it is flawed, rescind this memo so gender equality can be enshrined in the constitution? >> i think the first step is to find out what olc is doing this this respect. sometimes they review previous opinions and of justice of the peace ten they do not out of respect for their own precedence. i know what the status is with respect to this one. i understand the argument. if thank you very much. i yield back. miss bush. >> st. louis and i thank you for
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being here with us today. thank you for sitting through all of this. since your confirmation in march of 2021, 128 black people have been killed by law enforcement officers in the u.s. that's one black person killed by law enforcement every two days and that is an undercount. police killings in america have been undercounted by more than half over the past four decades. attorney general garland, as the people's attorney, do you think that law enforcement officials are above the law? >> no one is above the law. >> i agree. are you aware that black and brown people are stopped and searched for minor infractions? >> i've read that and i'm not surprised to learn it. >> are you aware that white nationalists have infiltrated rank and file police departments, according to fbi?
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>> i'm not sure i know the specific reference you cite about the fbi. i know there are problems in some police departments with respect to domestic violence extremists in the ranks and i know many police departments are trying to work on that. >> i would like to seek unanimous to enter this report detailing white supremacy in police forces. >> without objection. >> thank you. are you aware from the statistic we have we know plaque people with killed at three times the rate of white people? >> i don't know the actual statistic but i wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. i'm happy to accept your representation. >> thank you. again, i ask for unanimous con
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sent to introduce a harvard school of report into the record. >> without objection. >> do you believe that systemic racism exist in law enforcement agencies? >> i think it exists in a number of areas of our society and the purpose for these pattern or practice investigations that we do is to make sure that pattern or practice unconstitutional policing. that's the job of the civil rights division to look at these matters to take into account complaints in this area and to investigate them be. >> yes. the department requested $1 billion in federal funding for law enforcement agencies in fiscal year 2022, an increase from last year. we are rewarding police departments rather than holding them accountable for racist practices. department has a powerful tool at its disposal.
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title 6 mandates that rep sip yents of federal funds do not discriminate and it makes clear if they do, they are ineligible for federal funding. i'm happy to see the department is undergoing a 90-day review of title 6. given the structure of racism that you have acknowledged, will you commit to withholding funds to law enforcement agencies that discriminate in title 6? >> as you correctly point out, our associate attorney general, and deputy attorney general are doing a review of title 6 and how it should be applied to our grants. i want to be clear, we are funding local police departments. we are also making grant for the purpose of supporting constitutional policing, better community policing, better programs to ensure there isn't discrimination.
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i think many, many good hearted and nondiscriminatory police officers. we have support them and root out the ones who violate the law. that's our job. >> absolutely. if you know your colleague has racist practices and you don't speak up, that means you're not a good police officer. i don't believe in good and bad. i believe there are officers and people who are below the standard. i ask bad st. louis leads the nation in police killings per capita. michael brown was killed in plain sight and there were zero accountable for his murder. we can choose to sub si diez it or stop it. for st. louis the choice is clear. we must stop it. we must save lives. we are put on a path toward accountability. we need only to enforce it.
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thank you. i yield back. >> gentle lady yields back. >> i ask to submit to the record two letters drafted and written and sent by chip roy and i to attorney general garland for which we have not received a response. one dated july 15th and one dated may 13th. >> without objection. >> i have another unanimous consent request to submit for the record the frames from the video that were displayed in my testimony. >> without objection. miss jackson lee. >> thank you very much. i ask consent to put into the record document produced by the citizen project in the extreme women serve life without parole and citizens of the united states. i ask unanimous consent to submit into the record the senate judiciary report
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subverting justice. >> without objection. >> and to place into the record legislation i introduce preventing vigilante stalking regarding the stalking done by the abortion bill of texas. >> without objection. >> thank you. >> this concludes today's hearing. we thank the attorney general for participating. without objection, all members will have five legislative days to submit additional written questions for the witness or additional materials for the record. without objection, the hearing is adjourned. -- was also depute
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