During the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized his impartiality. He firmly stated, “I am not the president’s lawyer” in his opening address, clarifying that the Justice Department’s allegiance lies with the American people, not any political entity.
Garland resolutely defended the department’s duty to pursue justice without bias, dismissing the notion of convenience or influence from the President or Congress in criminal investigations. He faced tough inquiries from Republicans who accused him of political interference and Democrats who sought more assertiveness in addressing former President Donald Trump.
In response, Garland affirmed the department’s willingness to undergo scrutiny and oversight but cautioned against targeting individual public servants. He stressed their commitment to their duties, free from external pressures, and their unwavering dedication to upholding democracy.
The hearing also offered a glimpse into the upcoming House Republican impeachment inquiry into President Biden, focusing primarily on Hunter Biden’s business dealings. However, as of now, there is no evidence suggesting direct financial involvement by the president. Additionally, the House Judiciary Committee is investigating allegations of political influence in the Hunter Biden case, based on information from an IRS whistleblower.