Appearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee about the Justice Department’s budget request on Tuesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to ask lawmakers to support his department’s request for more funding to help investigate and prosecute domestic terrorism and beef up civil rights enforcement, as he testifies on Capitol Hill for the first time as the country’s top law enforcement officer, reports the Washington Post. Garland will highlight proposals for a $45 million increase in funding for the FBI for domestic terrorism investigations and a $40 million increase for U.S. attorneys to manage the ensuing caseloads, according to a written copy of his opening statement.
He will also note that the department is seeking to increase civil rights funding by $33 million. Federal prosecutors are pursuing more than 400 cases against people involved in the Capitol riot, and they signaled in a recent court filing that they expect to bring at least 100 more. The probe is one of the largest in U.S. history, prosecutors have said, and the justice department has had to utilize lawyers from across the country to manage the workload.