By Jack Queen (February 22, 2021, 8:30 PM EST) -- D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland vowed to defend the independence of the U.S. Department of Justice during the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings Monday, saying that as attorney general he would never bow to political pressure or improperly curtail the sensitive probes he would inherit.
Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, answers questions as he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Judge Garland said he hopes to "turn down the volume" at the Justice Department and bring back the days...
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