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Garland says he's in favor of any legislation to strengthen voting rights

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Judge Merrick Garland speaks during his confirmation hearing for the position of US Attorney General before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on February 22, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland is in favor of any legislation that will strengthen voting rights while enforcing existing tools that prevents voter suppression.

Merrick Garland is testifying now before the Judiciary Committee five years after he became the poster child for the Republican blockade of an open Supreme Court seat in the final year of former President Obama's term when Senate Republicans denied even a hearing for Garland as Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

While Republicans blocked Garland's Supreme Court nomination, his selection at attorney general was lauded by both Democrats and Republicans on Monday, and he is expected to be easily confirmed.

Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland says he is "very concerned" about death penalty cases and is hopeful that since President Biden is opposed to the practice, that they will halt again.

Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, said Monday that he strongly believes in the use of body cameras by law enforcement officers in the United States.

Some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee signaled openness to Merrick Garland's nomination to be attorney general in the first break of his confirmation hearing on Monday.

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana called Garland a "very bright person" and said he has some "pretty direct" questions to ask of the nominee.

When asked about the pointed questions Garland has already received from Senate Judiciary Republicans, Kennedy said Garland "has a reputation of being a person of integrity, and I believe that until he proves otherwise," adding he believes a "reasonable person" can't read DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the FBI's Russia probe or look at Comey's "antics" around the 2016 election without being concerned about politicization.

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.

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