Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot, extremism as US attorney general

Times of Israel | Feb 23, 2021 at 6:47 AM
  • Merrick Garland, US President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence with an initial focus on the insurrection at the US Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch.
  • Garland faced sustained questioning from senators about his plans to handle specific investigations and politically sensitive cases, like the Hunter Biden investigation and the special counsel’s inquiry started by former Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.