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DOJ announces new restrictions on employees ‘to avoid even the appearance of political influence’


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Attorney General Merrick Garland released a memo on Tuesday issuing new restrictions on political activities by Justice Department employees, the Associated Press reported. The goal of the restrictions is "to avoid even the appearance of political influence."

The previous long-standing DOJ policy allowed non-career appointees to attend political campaign events and fundraisers on their personal time with prior approval. Employees hired under presidential administrations who did not plan on making a long-term career out of their Justice Department role were permitted to attend political events as passive participants.

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