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Garland says DOJ's pardon attorney is supposed to prevent corrupt pardon decisions by the president

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Judge Merrick Garland testifies 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 Al Drago / POOL / AFP) (Photo by AL DRAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland on Monday said the Justice Department's pardon attorney plays a large role to "protect the president from improper influence" when it comes to granting pardons to applicants.

Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland on Monday said the Justice Department's pardon attorney plays a large role to "protect the president from improper influence" when it comes to granting pardons to applicants.

The Senate confirmation hearing for President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland has resumed after a short break.

Garland said that while the investigation has begun with "the people on the ground," as attorney general he will pursue any and all leads.

At his Senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland told GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley that he had not discussed the federal investigation into Hunter Biden with President Biden.

Attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, called the controversial Trump-era policy that led to the separation of thousands of families “shameful” during his confirmation hearing Monday.

And we will provide all the cooperation that we possibly can,” Garland said in a line of questioning from Senate Judiciary Chair and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin.

In his opening remarks at his Senate confirmation hearing, President Biden's Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland said he would supervise the prosecution of the White supremacists and others who stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

More on today's hearing: Garland is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, the first day of a two-day hearing where he's expected to face pointed questions from senators about politically charged investigations and the prosecution of the Jan. 6 riot.

Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin told reporters he thinks Judge Merrick Garland’s first priority as attorney general should be the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

In response to a question about the possibility of Garland investigating former President Trump, Durbin said “I think that will not be his priority. ”

Judiciary Committee Chair and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin called Merrick Garland's nomination for attorney general "one of the most critical" in the Justice Department's history.

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