Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland promised Saturday to vigorously prosecute those who joined the attack on the U.S. Capitol last month.
AFP reports testimony has been prepared for Garland’s confirmation hearing on Monday and Tuesday, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s pick saying he wants to lay out his agenda.
Garland, 68, reportedly said if confirmed, he would reaffirm “policies that protect the independence of the department from partisan influence in law enforcement investigations (and) that strictly regulate communications with the White House.”
He also promised to create clear guidelines for FBI investigations while addressing civil rights.
“The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the Department’s Civil Rights Division, with the mission ‘to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society,’” Garland said.
“That mission remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice.”
President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly selected