Garland holds press conference on ‘significant national security incident’

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Merrick Garland will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss “a critical national security case addressing alleged malicious influence schemes and criminal activity by state actors in the United States,” he said. The Department of Justice issued a recommendation.

Garland will speak at 1:30 p.m. ET with Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew G. Olsen, and other DOJ officials.

The advisory did not provide additional details about the incident, such as what the alleged criminal activity entailed or which countries may be involved.

The announcement comes almost two weeks before the 2022 midterm elections on November 8.

Justice Department officials typically avoid taking law enforcement action that could affect votes within 60 days of an election. It’s unclear if Monday’s announcement is related in any way to the upcoming elections.

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