I'm not up for listening to Ted Cruz lecture Merrick Garland about politicization and weaponization of the Justice Department by the Obama administration.
Sen. Grassley: Have you discussed this Hunter Biden case w/ the president or anyone else?
AG nominee Garland: "I have not. The president made abundantly clear in every public statement...that decisions about investigations & prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department."
NEW: Democratic Florida Rep. Charlie Crist is calling on the Justice Department to investigate allegations that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was selecting coronavirus vaccine administration sites to benefit political supporters. https://t.co/eE3HBjSHgl
Ted Cruz, who did not complain about the politicization or weaponization of the Trump Justice Department, complains about the Obama Just Department being "politicized and weaponized."
Merrick Garland is speaking to two audiences beyond the Senators considering his confirmation: a largely demoralized 115,000 workforce at the Justice Department, and those Americans who have lost confidence in the DOJ to enforce the law impartially.
“Had it not been for several Justice Department attorneys threatening to resign this Jan., Trump might have gone even further than he did to overturn the election results. And that raises critical questions that this Committee and Judge Garland must reckon with,” Durbin will say
Garland on Capitol riot: "We must do everything in the power of the Justice Department to prevent this kind of interference with the politics of American democratic institutions. And I plan, if you now confirm me for A.G., to do everything in my power to ensure we are protected."
Ted Cruz questioning Garland now. He says that Garland has “built a reputation for integrity” on the appeals court and says the Obama Justice Department was “politicized and weaponized.” He goes on to criticize Holder.
It is notable that Senate Republicans harping on needed FBI reforms have said nothing about the former president’s endless attempts to politicize the independent U.S. Justice Department, target his political enemies for prosecution, and use DOJ as his personal law firm.
That is simply a statement of fact. It should not be remarkable.
The fact that this seems like a breath of fresh air is a reminder of how much Barr and Trump damaged the Justice Department. https://t.co/pNDYYJGBsS
Chuck Grassley says Merrick Garland is a qualified, good pick to lead the Justice Department.
Questioning AG nominee Merrick Garland, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) without irony criticizes the Obama/Biden Justice Department for being "politicized and weaponized” as a tool to attack political opponents.
Aside from the particular answers, a couple aspects of the hearing are noteworthy. First is the appalling hypocrisy of Republican senators grilling Garland as to whether he will allow the Justice Department to be politicized.
How dare you Ted Cruz ? Outrage about politicization of the justice department - referencing Clinton, holder, Obama AND NOT EVEN MENTIONING BARR & trump?
Josh Hawley asks Merrick Garland to commit that he won't "politicize" the Justice Department or engage in political targeting. Garland says he's been a judge for years and intends to do "the right thing" by the facts and the law, without any "partisan or improper motive."
Sen. Grassley asks AG nominee Merrick Garland if he's spoken with Pres. Biden about Hunter Biden probe:
Garland: "I have not. The president made abundantly clear...that decisions about investigations & prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department."
Questioning AG nominee Merrick Garland, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) without irony criticizes the Obama/Biden Justice Department for being "politicized and weaponized" as a tool to attack political opponents.
Merrick Garland, Pres. Biden's nominee for attorney general, tells senators at his confirmation hearing that his first briefing once he takes office at the Justice Department will be on the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/ZTDIdjxXPw
I hope they get him again and not let him go.
Justice Department examining communications between Roger Stone and Capitol rioters https://t.co/ezhosDRGQk
John Cornyn is asking hypocritical question of The Honorable Merrick Garland that he never ask his slave master Donald J Trump justice Department Bill Barr. He ask Merrick Garland will he be partisan hack he never spoke one word to Bill Barr about his Partisan hack for Trump https://t.co/rlRF4noShR
I for one am super interested in the opinions & concerns about the rule-of-law in US from a bunch of people who spent last 4 years backing Justice Department as extra-legal arm of the Republican Party then backed a violent insurrection to hold onto power after losing election.
Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s pick for attorney general, promises to combat the rising threat of domestic extremism, saying that the current investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol would be his first priority. https://t.co/DGC4EIf8HH
Ted Cruz sure sounds worried about the Justice Department 🤔
'I Am Not the President's Lawyer': Merrick Garland Makes His Commitment to an Independent Justice Department https://t.co/byX8D9km4h
Why are these MAGA terrorists still in Congress???
Expel them all.
#TrumpTaxReturns #TrumpTaxes Merrick Garland Eric Holder Steele Dossier John McCain Al Capone Meghan McCain Neera Tanden Barr Tom Cotton President Donald Trump Dominion Justice Department Elijah McClain https://t.co/eeAEOIuVWr
As his confirmation hearing began Monday, Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, vowed to prioritize civil rights, combat extremist attacks and ensure the Justice Department remains politically independent. https://t.co/KP9MUV3531
I'm not interested in knowing what's in them, only that an un-biased justice department has reviewed them and determined if there is any evidence of criminal activity