President Biden’s Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland is facing questions today from the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, which will take place over a two-day period.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who was previously the Chairman of the committee, asked Garland about former FBI Director James Comey in an exchange that was shared in a clip by the Washington Examiner.
Referencing the Horowitz report, Graham asked, “Do you think Jim Comey was a good FBI director?”
Garland replied, “Senator, I really don’t want to get into analyzing any of the previous directors.”
Cutting him off, Graham interjected, “You’ve been very critical, and appropriately so at times. I just find it pretty stunning that you can’t say, in my view, that he was a terrible FBI director.”
.@LindseyGrahamSC: "Do you think Jim Comey was a good FBI director?"— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 22, 2021
Merrick Garland: "Senator, I really don't want to get into…"
Graham: "I just find it pretty stunning that you can't say, in my view, that he was a terrible FBI director." pic.twitter.com/Imy9CknzSc
As the New York Post reported, in Garland’s opening remarks to the committee, released over the weekend, the D.C. circuit court judge revealed his plans to launch an investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“If confirmed, I will 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,” his opening statement read.
His remarks, however, did not address New York Governor Andrew Cuomo or Hunter Biden, leaving lawmakers with no choice but to grill him on the topics.
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