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Reconvening election task force draws criticism from Bishop – North Carolina

(The Center Square) – Even though North Carolina Congressman Dan Bishop is leaving the Beltway, he certainly isn’t afraid to leave a mark along the way.

The nominee for attorney general in his home state criticized the Biden administration on social media Monday for a federal power play over states. Six business days after agreeing — and thereby settling a federal lawsuit — to disband and disband the Homeland Intelligence Experts Group, Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday announced the rescinding of the Election Threats Task Force, created in June 2021.

“When one facet of the Censorship Industrial Complex is closed, a new one is created,” wrote Bishop, RN.C. “Always the same cast of characters in this whack-a-mole game. We will eradicate them wherever they appear.”

Bishop won his seat in Congress in a 2019 special election that came about through a ballot initiative anchored in Bladen County. He turned down a re-election bid this year in an attempt to win the post of attorney general.

On May 3, a joint notice and determination of dismissal was filed in the case of America First Legal Foundation and Richard Grenell v. Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Intelligence Experts Group. Plaintiffs cited a press release that cited an “imbalance, the Biden administration’s undue influence over it, and the lack of public attention and participation.”

Garland said in a statement that the Election Threats Task Force is addressing threats of violence and intimidation against election workers. During an afternoon news conference, he mentioned several cases the task force had investigated and prosecuted.

“We have seen a dangerous increase in violent threats against officials organizing elections,” Garland said. “The Department of Justice recognizes the urgency of these threats. We will continue to protect our democracy.”

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has shared information about the growing number of ways criminal activity is taking place in elections, both nationally and internationally. She described artificial intelligence as the biggest threat.

“AI-assisted violent threats are still violent threats,” she said.

Garland and the Justice Department have often been criticized by Republicans, including Bishop. It includes consideration of cases involving the current and most recent former presidents, as well as a speech by Garland in Alabama earlier this year that drew a brief from 16 attorneys general. The letter written by Todd Rokita of Indiana makes a clear accusation that the Biden administration is “weaponizing the U.S. Department of Justice against the states.”