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Merrick Garland Attorney General confirmation hearing: Live updates

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, will appear before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. Follow here for the latest.

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.

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.

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.

While Merrick Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple thorny issues awaiting him at the Justice Department, his selection has been praised by both Democrats and Republicans leading up to the hearing.

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.

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