Head of state Biden’s pick to lead the Justice Department, Merrick Garland, informed lawmakers Monday that the investigation right into the Capitol insurrection would be a leading concern if he is confirmed as chief law officer.
Garland, an extensively respected court who has actually served for greater than 20 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, claimed the attack on the Capitol was one of the most “heinous attack” on American democracy that he’s ever before seen.
“Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing, Garland said in his opening statement that if confirmed, he would “supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6 — a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”
Garland, who helped investigate and prosecute the Oklahoma City bombers in the 1990s, said he believes the riot last month was not a “one-off.” The Department of Justice must do everything in its power to ensure that Americans and democratic institutions are protected from white supremacists, he said.
At one point, Garland became emotional as he spoke about how his own family’s experience fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe, saying it was a major reason why he feels obligated to serve as attorney general.”Source