No wonder Lindsey did his damnest to block him for as long as he did.https://www.axios.com/merrick-garland-attorney-general-hearing-statement-ba6d4d1b-b393-45ce-af7a-588687834d51.html
Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland will pledge to take the lead in prosecuting those charged over the U.S. Capitol siege and vow prosecutorial independence from President Biden at his confirmation hearing Monday.
Why it matters: As attorney general, Judge Garland would oversee politically sensitive cases, including investigations into the taxes of the president's son Hunter Biden and the origins of the probe into former President Trump's dealings with Russia.
Driving the news: Per his prepared opening statement released Saturday night, Garland plans to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that if confirmed, he'll address civil rights and fight discrimination and domestic terrorism.
He'll highlight his career as a prosecutor — notably his supervision of the investigation into domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.
On the Capitol siege, Garland will say that he intends to "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."
On the independence of the position of attorney general, Garland will say: "The President nominates the attorney general to be the lawyer — not for any individual, but for the people of the United States."