Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing brings first big political test for attorney general nominee

Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing brings first big political test for attorney general nominee
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Republicans also are likely to press Garland about the ongoing investigation of President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for possible tax or financial crimes. And if confirmed, Garland will inherit special counsel John Durham’s probe into how the FBI and other intelligence agencies investigated former president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — a case in which Republicans have repeatedly called for criminal charges to be filed against former officials.

Cabinet nominees often seek to deflect demands for specific actions or policy goals, and Garland’s current job as a federal judge may lead him to be even more circumspect in his answers.

Monday’s hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.

In written remarks prepared for delivery, Garland, 68, emphasized the Justice Department’s 150-year history of…



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