CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 12, 2021)—Today, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland outlining his priorities for the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice. In his letter, Senator Scott stressed the importance for the department to equally and fairly uphold the rule of law, hold Communist China accountable and protect the constitutional rights of American citizens.
Communist China continues to pose the greatest national security threat to the United States. As we discussed prior to your confirmation, the DOJ has a unique and important role to play in ensuring Communist China’s influence and economic espionage does not go unchecked. The DOJ must continue its investigation into the aggression of Communist China, paying special attention to their attacks on American research institutions through the Chinese Thousand Talents program. It is critical that DOJ uses every tool at its disposal to hold Communist China accountable to protect American interests.
Senator Scott said in conclusion “As President Biden issues executive orders at a historic pace, the DOJ has an obligation to evaluate the constitutionality of these polices and protect the rights of American citizens, particularly those enshrined in the First and Second Amendments. The Supreme Court holdings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago were clear: the right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms cannot be unreasonably burdened. Similarly, we rely upon the DOJ to ensure that no American is unfairly silenced – on a college campus or elsewhere – from freely exercising their First Amendment right to free speech. It is my sincere hope and expectation that as the Biden Administration considers executive actions or other policies concerning gun control or free speech, the DOJ will perform its duty of demanding that these policies respect our most fundamental and cherished American rights.”