Biden lays out plan to combat gun violence in the US, calls for a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to take on rogue gun dealers

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President Joe Biden.

  • President Biden and Attorney General Garland announced initiatives aimed at stemming gun violence.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing calls for policing reform after the death of George Floyd have increased the stakes for action.
  • Biden has long pushed for gun control legislation, including a ban on assault weapons.
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President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday laid out a plan to curtail gun violence across the country, which includes several measures focused on stemming the stream of firearms used in crimes.

The president has long sought gun control measures pushed by most Democratic lawmakers, including an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun purchases, which he mentioned during his speech.

“Crime historically rises during the summer, and as we emerge from this pandemic, with the country opening back up again, the traditional summer spike may be more pronounced than it usually would be,” he said. “I’ve been at this a long time, and there are things we know that reduce gun violence and violent crime, and things we don’t know.”

He added: “Background checks for purchasing a firearm are important … the ban on assault weapons at high-capacity magazines. No one needs to have a weapon that can fire up to 100 rounds, unless you think the deer are wearing kevlar vests or something.”

A key focus of the administration will be the pursuit of gun sellers who violate existing law, with Biden stating that the Department of Justice would have a “zero tolerance” approach to such incidents.

“We are announcing a major crackdown the stem of flow of guns used to commit violent crimes,” he said.”It is zero tolerance for those who willfully violate key existing laws and regulations.”

He added: “If you willfully sell a gun to someone who is prohibited from possessing it, if you willfully fail to run a background check, if you willfully falsify a record, if you willfully fail to cooperate with the tracing requests or inspections, my message to you is this … ‘We’ll find you and we’ll seek your license to sell guns.'”

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In his speech, Biden also stressed that state and local officials in areas that are experiencing increases in crime can utilize $350 billion in funding from the $1.9 COVID-19 relief package known as the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March.

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced new strike forces aimed at tackling gun trafficking in five key metropolitan regions – New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, and Washington, DC.

Biden’s actions come as violent crime has become an issue as the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which created sustained economic hardship for millions of Americans.

After the May 2020 murder of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis police, the calls for justice were immediate, especially among Black Americans.

While Biden, who has a long legislative record on criminal justice issues as a senator and as vice president, has so far risen above becoming an effective foil for Republicans, increases in violent crime have become an issue in many cities.

According to criminologists, homicide rates in large US cities rose by more than 30 percent on average last year, and rates were up by another 24 percent for the beginning of the year, The New York Times reported.

Biden has vehemently opposed the “defunding” of police departments and has backed bipartisan talks aimed at crafting police reform legislation.

On Wednesday, Biden and Garland also led an anti-violence meeting at the White House with Democratic Mayors Brandon Scott of Baltimore and Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County, along with GOP Mayor Steve Allender of Rapid City, S.D., New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Baton Rouge, La., police chief Murphy Paul, and several community activists.

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AG Garland defends the DOJ’s decision to endorse controversial Trump-era moves, saying there isn’t ‘one rule for friends and another for foes’

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  • AG Merrick Garland defended the DOJ’s decision to back several “controversial” Trump-era decisions.
  • The DOJ’s actions drew sharp criticism from Democrats and Trump critics who demanded transparency.
  • But Garland said on Wednesday that there isn’t “one rule for friends and another for foes.”
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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday addressed the Justice Department’s decision to back some “controversial” Trump-era decisions, including its move to defend Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who accused him of rape, and its move to shield an internal memo related to Trump from the public.

Democrats and Trump critics have sharply criticized the department over those decisions, but Garland said during a congressional budget hearing Wednesday that there is “not one rule for friends and another for foes.”

“The job of the Justice Department in making decisions of law is not to back any administration, previous or present,” Garland told lawmakers at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing about the 2022 budget. “Our job is to represent the American people. And our job in doing so is to ensure adherence to the rule of law, which is a fundamental requirement of a democracy or a republic or a representative democracy.”

He went on to note that the foundation of the rule of law “is that like cases be treated alike, there not be one rule for Democrats and another for Republicans, that there not be one rule for friends and another for foes.”

“It is not always easy to apply that rule,” Garland said. “Sometimes it means that we have to make a decision about the law that we would never have made and that we strongly disagree with as a matter of policy. But in every case, the job of the Justice Department is to make the best judgment it can as to what the law requires.”

Garland’s testimony stood in sharp contrast to that of Bill Barr, who made headlines during his tenure as attorney general for going to bat for Trump and frequently turning the department into a mouthpiece for the Trump White House.

One of the episodes at the center of the controversy Garland addressed Wednesday relates to an Office of Legal Counsel memo that Barr used to clear Trump of obstruction-of-justice following Mueller’s investigation.

Barr’s decision ignited a firestorm and accusations that he was shielding Trump from being held accountable for his myriad efforts to obstruct Mueller’s investigation, which were outlined at length in the special counsel’s final report of his findings.

Barr cited the OLC’s memo in a letter justifying his decision-making process in the obstruction investigation. Last month, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson accused Barr of misleading the public and ordered the Justice Department to release the document in its entirety.

Shortly after, the Justice Department under Garland announced its intention to appeal Jackson’s ruling, saying that “irreparable harm” would be caused by the release of the full document.

It also addressed Jackson’s assessment that the government’s briefs related to the Mueller report and the OLC memo “incorrectly described the nature of the decisional process in which the Attorney General was engaged.”

“In retrospect, the government acknowledges that its briefs could have been clearer, and it deeply regrets the confusion that caused,” the department said in its filing requesting an appeal, adding that government lawyers “did not intend to mislead the Court” and that “imprecision in its characterization of the decisional process” did not warrant the full release of the memo.

The Justice Department’s decision to appeal Jackson’s ruling was one of several that have put it at loggerheads with the Biden White House.

Last week, the department came under fire when it was reported that it continued the Trump administration’s behind-the-scenes efforts to obtain the email logs of several New York Times reporters. After Biden came out in opposition to the practice, the department reversed course and said it would no longer seize reporters’ records.

And earlier this week, the Justice Department again sent shockwaves through legal and political circles when it said it would continue defending Trump in the defamation lawsuit brought by the former columnist E. Jean Carroll, who alleges that Trump raped her.

The White House sharply criticized the decision and confirmed that the Justice Department did not consult it before moving forward.

“While we are not going to comment on this ongoing litigation, the American people know well that President Biden and his team have utterly different standards from their predecessors for what qualify as acceptable statements,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said.

C. Ryan Barber contributed reporting.

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The Biden DOJ is trying to block the release of a 2019 memo that outlined reasons not to prosecute Trump after the Mueller report

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Attorney General Merrick Garland.

  • The Department of Justice is appealing the full release of a 2019 memo on the Mueller report.
  • Then-AG Bill Barr cited the memo among his grounds to not charge Trump with obstruction of justice.
  • A federal judge recently ordered the release of the document, saying Barr was misleading.
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The Department of Justice has said it will appeal a federal court order requiring it to release a 2019 memo that was cited by then-Attorney General Bill Barr as grounds not to charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The memo was written by officials at the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, and addressed the evidence in the Mueller report on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, and whether Trump sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation.

Barr had cited the memo as one of his reasons not to bring charges against Trump on the basis of the report.

Then-President Donald Trump and then-Attorney General Bill Barr in the White House Rose Garden in July 2019.

But in a May 5 ruling, federal judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that the memo be released, arguing that the DOJ’s grounds for keeping it sealed on the basis that it is a “deliberative document” were false.

Berman made the ruling following a Freedom of Information Act request from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.

Under Freedom of Information Act rules, “deliberative documents” that are used to make government decisions are exempt from public release.

The unredacted document is expected to provide new insights into one of the key controversies of the Trump era: Why the president was not charged by his DOJ with obstruction despite some evidence in the report indicating that he had sought to derail the Mueller probe.

Barr was heavily criticized after the release of the Mueller report, with some saying he misled the public ahead of the release about the seriousness of the misconduct that Mueller’s investigators uncovered.

A heavily redacted, 1 1/2-page report was released Monday night

The DOJ released a page and a half of the memo on Monday night, with large sections of the document analyzing Trump’s conduct as described in the Mueller report from a legal perspective still redacted.

Mueller had declined to reach a conclusion on the accusation Trump obstructed justice, citing DOJ rules against bringing charges against a sitting president.

But in the unredacted sections just released, officials at the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel wrote that Mueller’s position “might be read to imply such an accusation if the confidential report were released to the public.”

“Therefore, we recommend that you examine the Report to determine whether prosecution would be appropriate” to resolve any potential legal ambiguity,” the memo said.

The newly-released memo said that there was insufficient evidence in the Mueller report to charge Trump with obstruction, but the specific grounds by which they reached that decision were unclear as that part remains redacted.

In her order for the DOJ memo to be released, Judge Jackson argued that Barr had falsely claimed that he was acting on the basis of the document in not charging Trump, whereas in reality he had made the decision already.

In its Monday filing, the DOJ said that “its briefs [to the court] could have been clearer, and it deeply regrets the confusion that caused. But the government’s counsel and declarants did not intend to mislead the Court.”

‘Detrimental to what American democracy is all about’

In a Monday interview with MSNBC, Neal Katyal, who served as acting Solicitor general under former President Barack Obama, slammed the DOJ’s decision to appeal the release of the ful report.

“We waited and waited and waited and to bury this is, I think, detrimental to what American democracy is all about,” he remarked.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland says the Justice Department will review how to tackle anti-Asian violence within 30 days

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Demonstrators at at Rally Against Hate to end discrimination against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, New York City, March 21, 2021.

  • The Department of Justice is prioritizing a review of its handling of anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the new effort in a Tuesday statement.
  • Garland says he wants the Justice Department to “recommit” to using its resources to combat hate.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Tuesday that the Justice Department would review how to tackle anti-Asian violence within the next 30 days.

The review was announced in a letter from Garland obtained by CBS Chief Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues and shared on Twitter by his colleague, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang.

Garland cited the DOJ’s efforts to prosecute Ku Klux Klan members in its early history, saying, “One hundred and fifty years later, hate crimes persist and continue to have a toxic effect on our society.”

Hate crimes against Asian-American have surged in the last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Garland said he wanted the Justice Department to “recommit” to use its resources to combat hate.

Read more: Meet Merrick Garland’s inner circle of 15 officials working to restore the Justice Department’s independence after Trump

He said the Justice Department would consider how it could better track the reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents, prioritize criminal investigations, utilize civil enforcement authorities to ensure bias does not arise, and equip US Attorney’s Offices with resources to protect against hate.

“While this effort remains ongoing, the Department will seek justice for the victims of hate-fueled mass murderers we have seen too many times in the past several years – killings that have shaken our communities, torn at our social fabric, and undercut our most basic values,” Garland said in the statement.

Garland added that he would “continue to deploy” community outreach organizations and civil enforcement power to help prevent further hate crimes. That would include working with state and local authorities to provide bolstered resources to both investigate and prosecute hate crimes and prevent potential hate events before they occur.

In mid-March 2021, a mass shooting targeting massage parlors and spas in the Atlanta area that killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, brought the rising trend of anti-Asian violence and hate crimes into the national spotlight and onto the radar of Congress, the Biden White House, and law enforcement agencies like the DOJ.

Violence targeting Asians and Asian-Americans has been on the uptick since early 2020 when COVID-19 began to spread around the globe, continuing decades of painful discrimination and violence against people of Asian descent in America.

Insider’s Ryan Barber recently reported that Garland, an experienced federal prosecutor and former longtime judge, is also aiming to restore morale and boost a sense of camaraderie at the DOJ following the tumultuous events of 2020 and 2021, culminating in the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol.

Also on Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced a number of White House initiatives to combat anti-Asian hate and violence.

They include “reinstating and reinvigorating” the White House’s work with federal agencies to focus on hate crimes. To that end, Biden is redirecting some funds from the American Rescue Plan to create a new $49.5 million grant program to help Asian-American domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and also establishing a new COVID-19 Equity Task Force focused on xenophobia and health disparities.

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McConnell voted to confirm Merrick Garland as attorney general 2 years after saying blocking his Supreme Court nomination was the ‘most consequential thing I’ve ever done’

Judge Merrick Garland, right, was nominated by President Barack Obama to the US Supreme Court in March 2016 after the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, but was subsequently blocked from hearings by Senate Republicans.

  • McConnell voted Wednesday to confirm Merrick Garland as attorney general.
  • The vote came five years after he stonewalled Garland’s nomination for a Supreme Court seat.
  • In 2019, McConnell called that decision “the most consequential thing I’ve ever done.”
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted on Wednesday to confirm Judge Merrick Garland as US attorney general, just five years after he blocked Garland’s nomination for a Supreme Court seat.

Garland, a two-decade veteran of the DC Circuit Court, received broad, bipartisan support to lead the Justice Department, with 70 US senators voting in favor of his confirmation and 30 voting against.

Nineteen other Republican senators voted yes along with McConnell, who revealed last month that he would support Garland’s nomination.

Politico first reported on McConnell’s decision to support Garland for attorney general last month. When asked whether he intended to back the judge, McConnell said, “I do.” He did not elaborate.

The Kentucky Republican made headlines in February 2016 as Senate majority leader when, just an hour after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, he announced that he would not grant a Senate hearing to any nominee then-President Barack Obama selected to fill Scalia’s seat. McConnell vowed to keep the seat open for nearly another year, until a new president was elected.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” he said at the time. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” Senate Republicans drew swift backlash for refusing to even grant the appeals-court judge a confirmation hearing and tanking his nomination before he had a chance to testify.

Nearly three years later, McConnell praised himself for the decision, telling The New York Times in a 2019 interview that blocking Garland’s nomination was “the most consequential thing I’ve ever done.” Scalia’s vacant seat was eventually filled by the conservative judge Neil Gorsuch, who President Donald Trump nominated shortly after taking office in 2017.

McConnell has frequently said that reshaping the federal judiciary is his biggest priority and touted the record number of conservative judges the GOP-controlled Senate was able to confirm during Trump’s tenure. The former president worked closely with McConnell and was able to appoint more than 200 judges to the federal bench and three justices to the Supreme Court.

Last year, McConnell faced backlash when he pushed through the confirmation of Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death just weeks before the November general election. Democrats pelted the GOP leader with allegations of hypocrisy over his refusal to grant Garland a confirmation hearing nine months before the 2016 election in order to honor the voters’ choice and doing the opposite in 2020.

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Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

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Judge Merrick Garland testifies at his confirmation hearing for attorney general.

The Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general of the United States, elevating the longtime federal jurist to become the country’s chief law enforcement officer. The widely-expected confirmation went through with broad bipartisan support in a vote of 70 in favor to 30 opposed.

Twenty Republicans joined Democrats to confirm Garland: Sens. Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Jim Inhofe, Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Mitch McConnell, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Mike Rounds, John Thune, and Thom Tillis.

President Joe Biden nominated Garland to lead the Department of Justice on January 7, saying in a statement that Garland and other DOJ nominees reflected Biden’s “deeply held commitment to reaffirming the Department of Justice as a pillar of independence and integrity, and ensuring that the Attorney General and his senior leadership team are the American people’s lawyers – not the president’s law firm.”

At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Garland committed to assuring that the DOJ applies the rule of law so that “the laws of our country are fairly and faithfully enforced, and that the rights of all Americans are protected.”

He will face a torrent of high-profile issues, including investigations into the deadly January 6 Capitol riot, immigration, the future of the death penalty, and the Hunter Biden tax probe.

Garland pledged during his confirmation hearings that the Capitol insurrection would be his “first priority” as attorney general.

“If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6 – a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government,” he said at the time.

Garland criticized the migrant child separation policy of former President Donald Trump as “shameful.”

“I can’t imagine anything worse than tearing parents from their children, and we will provide all the cooperation that we possibly can,” he said.

After a surge of young migrants at the US-Mexico border, Biden has temporarily reopened a Texas facility for unaccompanied children, drawing harsh criticism from progressives and immigration activists.

Biden is opposed to the death penalty and Garland echoed many of the sentiments shared by opponents of the practice, citing an “arbitrariness and randomness” of the punishment.

“I am very concerned about the large number of exonerations that have occurred through DNA evidence and otherwise, not only in death penalty convictions but also in other convictions,” he said.

Garland also said that he hadn’t spoken to the president about his son, Hunter, and pledged that any investigations into the younger Biden’s tax affairs would be handled independently by the DOJ and without interference from the White House.

When Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey asked him to discuss his motivation for serving as attorney general, Garland became emotional.

“I come from a family where my grandparents fled antisemitism and persecution,” he said. “The country took us in and protected us, and I feel an obligation to the country to pay back, and this is the highest, best use of my own set of skills to pay back.”

Garland, 68, previously served as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, since 1997. He began his professional career at the DOJ in the 1970s under President Jimmy Carter and is widely respected in the legal community.

Before becoming a federal judge, Garland oversaw the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured nearly 700 other people.

In March 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Aware of the deterioration of Senate legislative comity, Obama asked that Garland’s nomination be removed from the politics of the moment and that he be granted a hearing and a vote.

But Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, then the majority leader, stonewalled Garland’s nomination, left the seat empty, and said the winner of the 2016 general election should nominate Scalia’s successor to “give the American people a voice.”

Garland stepped away from hearing active cases in the DC circuit court after his nomination but returned to the bench in January 2017, when President Donald Trump was sworn in.

Trump quickly filled the Supreme Court vacancy, nominating conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed to the seat in April 2017.

During Garland’s confirmation hearings, he faced many of the same Republicans who blocked his nomination, but in the end, he won many of them over.

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina praised Garland’s tenure on the federal bench and his reputation for judicial independence.

“Merrick Garland has an outstanding record serving our country and has a deep understanding of the law,” Tillis said in a statement. “I have no doubt he will serve with integrity, keeping the best interest of our great country in mind with every decision he makes, and will respect the constitutional rights and liberties of all Americans.”

McConnell once described blocking Garland’s Supreme Court nomination as “the most consequential thing I’ve ever done.”

This week, he voted to confirm Garland as attorney general.

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Merrick Garland says he’s concerned about ‘randomness’ of death penalty and its ‘disparate’ impact on Black Americans

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  • Merrick Garland in his confirmation hearing expressed serious concerns about the death penalty. 
  • Garland on Monday cited the “disparate” impact of capital punishment on Black Americans. 
  • Garland said it’s “the most terrible thing” if someone is executed for a crime they didn’t commit.
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President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, on Monday expressed serious concerns about the death penalty in the US and the glaring racial disparities in the implementation of capital punishment. 

“I have had a great pause about the death penalty. I am very concerned about the large number of exonerations that have occurred through DNA evidence and otherwise, not only in death penalty convictions, but also in other convictions. I think it’s a terrible thing that occurs when somebody is convicted of a crime that they did not commit,” Garland said during his Senate confirmation hearing. 

Garland conveyed consternation about the “increasing randomness, almost arbitrariness” of the use of the death penalty.

Since 1973, 185 people have been exonerated after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).

“The data is clear that it has been enormously disparate impact on Black Americans and members of communities of color, and exonerations also that something like half of the exonerations had to do with Black men. So all of this has given me pause,” Garland added. 

To Garland’s point, Black Americans make up about 13% of the total US population, but comprised 42% of the death row population in 2020. 

A September 2020 DPIC report also found major historic racial disparities regarding the death penalty. The report, for example, said: “Since executions resumed in 1977, 295 African-Americans defendants have been executed for the murder of a white victim, while only 21 white defendants have been executed for the murder of an African-American victim.”

Biden is the first sitting US president to openly oppose capital punishment, and during his campaign pledged to end the death penalty at the federal level. The president’s position on this issue marks a drastic shift from the Trump administration, during which a record number of federal executions were carried out. 

The 13th and last federal execution to occur under President Donald Trump took place just five days before Biden was inaugurated. Trump broke a 17-year hiatus in federal executions, and was the first president in 130 years to see executions carried out during a presidential lame duck period. He oversaw more executions than any president in 120 years. 

More than two-thirds of the world’s countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, according to Amnesty International. Biden is under mounting pressure from civil rights groups and progressives in Congress to follow their lead. 

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Domestic terror in the US is ‘more dangerous’ now than after the Oklahoma City bombing, Biden AG nominee says

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Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland.

  • Judge Merrick Garland, Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, began his confirmation hearing Monday.
  • Garland said domestic terrorism is “more dangerous” than its previous peak in the 1990s.
  • The January 6 insurrection made the climate worse than the deadly OKC bombing, Garland said.
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President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general sounded the alarm Monday on the domestic terrorism threat facing the United States.

“I certainly agree that we are facing a more dangerous period than we did in Oklahoma City at that time,” Judge Merrick Garland, the nominee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The 1996 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal office building killed 168 people, including children. An investigation found that the bombing’s conspirators were radicalized by white nationalist propaganda in the aftermath of the deadly FBI raids at Waco and Ruby Ridge in the early ’90s.

Garland was a principal associate deputy attorney general at the time, and led the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the bomber.

Garland attributed today’s heightened threat to the January 6 Capitol siege.

The judge said the Capitol insurrection is “not necessarily a one-off,” and that the forces behind it stretch far back into American history.

“There is a line from Oklahoma City and another … to the original battles of the Justice Department against the Ku Klux Klan,” Garland said.

If confirmed, Garland said he is committed to pursuing the ongoing investigations against the insurrectionists and getting the Department of Justice the resources necessary for the broader inquiry into the riots.

“If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy,” Garland said.

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