Merrick Garland Senate confirmation begins

Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee to become attorney general, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that he hasn’t discussed a pending federal investigation into the president’s son, Hunter Biden.

“I have not,” Garland said. “The president made abundantly clear in every public statement before and after my nomination that decisions about investigations and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department.”

Hunter Biden announced in December that the U.S. attorney in Delaware was investigating his taxes. Republicans have questioned his business dealings in Ukraine and China, but the president has stood behind his son.

— Bart Jansen

Garland: ‘No reason’ to question status Russia counsel Durham

Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland told lawmakers that he had “no reason” to question the status of the special prosecutor leading a continuing investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

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