Justice department watchdog launches inquiry into seizure of Democrats’ data – live

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The Justice Department will double the number of lawyers working on enforcing protections for the right to vote in the next 30 days, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday.

The announcement came as Republicans have launched an unprecedented effort to restrict voting access across the US. Under Donald Trump, the Justice Department did not file a single major case aimed at protecting voting rights. Many civil rights groups are closely watching to see how the Department, which has unmatched resources and enforcement authority, will wield its power under Biden.

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Now knowing what we know of the Justice Department under Donald Trump seizing the data of at least two House Democrats, this clip of Vice-President Kamala Harris grilling former attorney general William Barr is now making the rounds on the interwebs.

Flashback: May 2019

Harris: Has the president or anyone at the WH ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?
Barr: Um.

Harris: Seems you’d remember something like that and be able to tell us.
Barr: Yeah, but I’m trying to grapple with the word suggest. pic.twitter.com/y8ewAgVAgE

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