Biden’s Attorney General Faces Questioning

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( – Attorney General Merrick Garland on March 1 appeared before Congress, where he was called in to answer questions from Senate Judiciary Committee lawmakers. The hearing took around four hours and covered a range of issues, including the investigation into Hunter Biden, a controversial FBI memo, the online sale of dangerous drugs, and more.

Garland started off with his opening statements, discussing the work the Department of Justice has done in an effort to protect reproductive rights, address crime, and support Ukraine. He also discussed the Department’s work to protect national security.

Republican Congress members pushed for answers about the reveal of an internal memo from the an FBI field office in Virginia, in which “radical-traditionalist Catholic[s]” are identified as “violent extremists.” Garland also faced questions about accusations that the DOJ has been trying to stop parents from complaining about their kids’ education. He staunchly denied this, asserting that the rights of parents to express concerns about their children’s schools are protected.

The Department of Justice and the FBI have also been criticized by members of the Republican party who claim that the two agencies are not taking enough action to deal with the attempts to target pro-life establishments after Roe v. Wade was struck down by the Supreme Court. So far, there have been only two arrests, while the Department of Justice has prosecuted dozens of pro-life protesters in the last year.

Last week, the DOJ also formerly charged eight people following an incident that occurred in Michigan in 2020 outside of an abortion clinic.

Garland has repeatedly been called by Republicans on the committee to testify on these issues, but this was his first time actually appearing before the committee since 2021.

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