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6 takeaways from Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Judge Merrick Garland is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be US Attorney General on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 22, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, vowing to preserve the integrity of the Justice Department and to fully prosecute the "heinous" crimes committed during the attack on the US Capitol last month.

(CNN)Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, vowing to preserve the integrity of the Justice Department and to fully prosecute the "heinous" crimes committed during the attack on the US Capitol last month.

"I am not the President's lawyer," said Garland.

Garland said DOJ will pursue all leads in investigation of Capitol riot

Garland said he needed to learn more about the investigation before he could make any commitments, but added that he didn't have "any reason to think he should not remain in place. "

Garland said that there were "problems" with the FBI's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants in the Russia investigation, which were documented by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Garland was "a very good pick for this job. " And GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas indicated he would vote for Garland, saying the nominee met the senator's "sole" criteria -- a pledge to conduct investigations without succumbing to political influence.

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