Some Democrats have called for Garland to take on a comprehensive review of the past four years to expose instances where they say then-President Donald Trump used the department to carry out political vendettas and to protect his interests and those of his allies.
Garland, speaking to reporters at the Justice Department, said he was mindful of protecting career department employees from the change of political administrations.
“I don’t want the department’s career people to think that a new group comes in and immediately applies a political lens,” Garland said.
Garland said that as a leader, “we always look at what happened before. The IG has in front of him a number of” investigations, adding that he would review any recommendations from Horowitz.