During a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland severely reprimanded Republicans in Congress and charged them with political favoritism within the Justice Department.
Garland began by saying, “I am not the President’s lawyer.” “I should further emphasize that I do not work for the Congress’s legal department. The American people are served by the Justice Department.
Rather than “doing what is politically convenient” or “taking demands from the President, from Congress, or from anyone else about who or what to criminally research,” Garland stated that the Justice Department’s duty is to “pursue justice, without fear or favor.”
Garland made the announcement as he was being attacked by Republicans for allegedly failing to shield the agency from politicization and by Democrats for allegedly being unconvincing in his pursuit of former President Donald Trump.
Republicans in the panel anticipate grilling Garland about investigations into two charges against Trump, as well as inquiries regarding his special counsel, Jake Smith, as well as President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and their ongoing request.
“Alright, so, despite the person who saved Hunter Biden’s face from charges last week, everyone knows it’s all good now,” said House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan in his opening remarks.
In this situation, Garland told the lawmakers that while the “Public Inquiry, Critique, and Fair Oversight Department” is in charge, separating individual government personnel is problematic, particularly when their safety is in danger. this extends to the households of government workers.
Merrick Garland proclaimed, “We won’t be intimidated. We’ll get rid of outside meddling in our work. As for maintaining our democracy, we won’t back down.
Highlights Of Impeachment Investigation
The chance of the Republican-controlled Senate opening an investigation of the President exists at the hearing on Wednesday. The first hearing is set for the following week and is anticipated to be very controversial.
Even though they haven’t yet presented any conclusive proof that the President personally got any funds, Speaker Kevin McCarthy stated that Republicans are looking into charges against the President connected to his business affairs. The House Judiciary Committee is also looking into reports that Hunter Biden was the focus of politically motivated Justice Department probes.
It’s difficult to say much more about Garland’s Hunter Biden or Trump’s inquiry despite the partisan fury in political investigations and charges. since they are still continuing. The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, claims that Republicans have “poisoned” the committee’s oversight function.
Republicans in the House will continue to occupy their time by promoting debunked conspiracies and bringing up Hunter Biden’s laptop. And they will because they are more concerned about Donald Trump than their own constituents, according to Nadler.
Inquiry Of The Plea Deal
Jordan has started an investigation into the July transactions involving Hunter Biden that were put on hold. The American Attorney-turned-special counsel David Weiss has been contacted; in October, he spoke with Hunter Biden about the agreements outlined in the request. In October, Weiss is scheduled to appear before the committee.
Weiss is charged with saying in a meeting in October 2022 that he lacked the ability to rule on accusations against Hunter Biden, according to IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley. Weiss has refuted this assertion, and other meeting attendees have claimed that they do not remember him stating such.
A federal judge’s examination into Hunter Biden’s June agreement with Weiss about tax and weapons allegations—where the president’s son promised to cooperate on federal tax charges and had the potential to avoid jail time—took a different turn in July. Weiss then asked Garland for special counsel status, and last week he filed specific charges against Hunter Biden based on alleged handgun use. On Tuesday, Hunter Biden informed the court that they would like the allegations against them to be dropped because they are innocent.
Additionally, in a separate development on Capitol Hill, Trump’s closest supporter Jordan has started an investigation into the two probes launched by the previous president Smith. Jordan has also suggested reducing the funds allocated to the FBI and DOJ’s probes. Even though they have since stopped speaking, several House Republicans, notably Mick McCarthy, have accused the Attorney General of making false accusations against President Joe Biden.