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Justice Committee chair calls Garland's nomination "one of the most critical" in DOJ history

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23: Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) stands with his gavel prior to the confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, nominee for U.S. Attorney General, before the Senate Judiciary Committee February 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)

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.

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.

The Senate confirmation hearing for President Biden's nominee to lead the Justice Department just began.

Merrick Garland, whose 2016 nomination to the Supreme Court was scuttled by Senate Republicans, has said he wouldn't have accepted the attorney general nomination without assurances from President Biden about his independence.

Dissent among rank-and-file prosecutors reached a fever pitch at the Justice Department under the last Senate-confirmed attorney general, William Barr, who cast a polarizing figure after several news-making decisions that impacted the friends and political future of then-President Trump.

GOP senators have already signaled they'll try to draw the judge out at his confirmation hearing on the hot-button federal investigations into New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the President's son, Hunter Biden, setting up the first opportunity for Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland to reveal how he'll handle his full plate of political problems.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, has already urged the current acting head of the Justice Department not to interfere with the case as it progresses, and a Republican aide said senators were planning to bring it up at Garland's confirmation hearing Monday and Tuesday.

Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for attorney general, calls the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol a "heinous attack" in his prepared opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which the Department of Justice released Saturday night ahead of his confirmation hearing on Monday.

Garland has served in the Justice Department as an assistant US Attorney in Washington, DC, and if confirmed by the Senate will step away from 24 years on the bench.

In his prepared remarks at Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s Senate confirmation hearing, Judiciary Committee Chair and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin will speak of how crucial this is for the Department of Justice.

Durbin recounted Garland’s work with the Justice Department after the Oklahoma City bombing case and the Republican blockade of his nomination to be a Supreme Court Justice.

President Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, will testify this morning before the the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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