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Senators grill attorney general nominee Merrick Garland

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/22/21, 05:59 pm

President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Justice Department returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for the second day of his confirmation hearing. On Monday, Merrick Garland told members of the Judiciary Committee that if confirmed, he would first focus on prosecuting those involved in the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Senators pressed him for assurances the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch. He said he saw no reason to stop special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that followed Donald Trump for much of his presidency, nor had he spoken with Biden about any potential investigations involving the president’s son, Hunter.

What is Garland’s background? He served as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit until last year. President Barack Obama nominated him to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but Republicans scuttled his nomination for the high court. The Senate is expected to vote to confirm Garland as attorney general next week.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Emily Belz’s report on Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court and why it failed.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/24/2021 04:42 pm

    When Obama nominated Garland for the Supreme Court, my very liberal pro-abortion sister told me, "You conservatives should support Garland. He is a moderate not a liberal."  

    My thought was, if he was selected by Obama, he certainly is no moderate on abortion.  

    Today, seeing he is certain to be confirmed as Attorney General, my thoughts are that he will hopefully do less harm to unborn children, to free speech and religious freedom, and to honest elections as AG than he could have as a Supreme.