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Garland Warns of Threats to US Democracy in Harvard Speech

  • Attorney general signals alarm on voting rights, violence
  • Pledges to hold accountable ‘everyone’ responsible on Jan. 6
Merrick Garland speaks at a Harvard Commencement ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 29.

Merrick Garland speaks at a Harvard Commencement ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 29.

Photographer: Mary Schwalm/AP Photo

Attorney General Merrick Garland warned of threats to US democracy, citing violence including the 2021 riot at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, rollbacks in voting rights and possible legislative efforts to overturn the outcome of elections. 

“A democracy cannot survive if its citizens forsake the rule of law in favor of violence or threats of violence,” Garland said in a commencement speech Sunday at Harvard University, his alma mater.