What Mike Lee asked Merrick Garland in Senate committee hearing
Five years ago, Sen. Mike Lee joined Senate Republicans in refusing to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Four years ago, Lee suggested Garland replace the fired James Comey as director of the FBI.
On Monday, Lee questioned Garland — now President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general — at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about what the senator described as “radical” positions of other Department of Justice nominees, gun rights and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Lee has not indicated whether he would vote to confirm Garland, who has served as an appeals court judge for nearly 25 years, as U.S. attorney general.
In 2016, he described Garland as a “progressive, fairly liberal” judge. When touting him as FBI…