Watch Live: Merrick Garland testifies at Senate confirmation hearing for attorney general

Watch Live: Merrick Garland testifies at Senate confirmation hearing for attorney general


Washington — Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first day of his confirmation hearing on Monday, vowing to restore the Justice Department’s independence and pursue prosecutions of those who participated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Garland is making his debut before senators as the Justice Department emerges from a period during which it was thrust into the center of politically charged investigations involving former President Donald Trump’s allies and dogged by accusations of politicization. 

“It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the Attorney General is to serve the Rule of Law and to ensure equal justice under the law,” Garland said in his opening statement. “If I am confirmed as Attorney General, it will be the culmination of a career I have dedicated to ensuring that the laws of our country are fairly and faithfully enforced, and that the rights of all Americans are protected.”

How to watch Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing

  • What: Judge Merrick Garland, nominee for attorney general, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • When: Monday, February 22
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Location: Capitol Hill
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above or on your mobile or streaming device

If confirmed, Garland will take the helm of the Justice Department as it pursues investigations into and prosecutions of rioters who breached the U.S. Capitol in the violent insurrection January 6. 

The judge told lawmakers that “battling extremist attacks on our democratic institutions” remains central to the Justice Department’s mission. He condemned the deadly assault on the Capitol, calling it a “heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power into a newly elected government.”

“I don’t believe this is necessarily a one-off,” Garland said about the attack.

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