Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley question AG pick Merrick Garland on immigration, Cuomo, anti-trust laws

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Published on 22 Feb 2021, 21:19
President Joe Biden’s pick faced tough questions over his role and relationship with the president, with some senators on the Judiciary Committee referring to President Barrack Obama’s attorney general as an unflattering example.

"I can assure you I do not regard myself as anything other than the lawyer for the people of the United States," Garland said in response to a point-blank question from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Garland faced similar questions about accountability and the possibility of weaponizing the Justice Department, but he maintained that he would put the department and the people ahead of any presidential interest.

"My job is to protect the Department of Justice," Garland said.

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