Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, spent two days this week answering, and sometimes evading, questions asked of him during the Senate confirmation hearings. Despite leaving unanswered questions relevant to conservative issues, Garland, the former chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, appears to have essential support from Republicans and will likely be confirmed when the committee votes on Mar. 1 even without clarification of his views on many significant issues, including illegal immigration, China, the Durham probe, and domestic terrorism.
Garland committed to saying he sees “no reason” why special counsel John Durham shouldn’t be left in place to continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and the business dealings of Hunter Biden. When asked by ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) about what he would do with Durham’s investigation, Garland responded, “I understand that he has been permitted to remain in this position, and sitting here today, I have no reason to think that was not the correct decision. I don’t have any reason, from what I know now, which is really very little, to make any determination on that ground. But I have no reason to think he should not remain in place.”
Speaking of the ongoing federal investigation into the Hunter Biden’s tax affairs, Garland indicated that he has not spoken with the President about it. He emphasized that any Justice Department inquiries will be free of political interference. When asked by Sen. Grassley if he’s talked to the President about any Hunter Biden investigations, he replied, “I have not,” adding that, “the President made abundantly clear in every public statement before and after my nomination that the decisions about investigations and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department.