- Garland said he would follow the facts and the law, but politics looms large.
- The DOJ has a tradition of not indicting political cases within 60 days of an election, but it’s not a firm rule.
- Trump warns of “big trouble” across the country if indicted.
WASHINGTON — As campaigns for the 2022 midterms and investigations into Donald Trump heat up, legal and policy experts say Attorney General Merrick Garland must walk a tightrope between the two.
How does he oversee investigations without appearing to influence elections?
Federal prosecutors traditionally attempt to avoid public disclosure of investigative steps in a political case within 60 days of an election. But a government watchdog debunked the policy in 2018, saying there was no Justice Department rule or regulation to delay investigations, just an informal practice.