ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation

ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation
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ABC News announced on Sunday that it will air the first one-on-one interview with U.S. Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors DOJ faces big decision on home confinement MORE since his Senate confirmation last month.

The interview, set to air on Monday, will be conducted by ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.

ABC News noted that the interview will air on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, which Garland helped prosecute as a top Justice Department official.


The interview will air across multiple ABC News platforms including “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “ABC News Live Prime,” “Nightline,” and "Good Morning America."

The Senate voted to confirm Garland as attorney general on March 10 in a 70-30 vote. He had previously been nominated by former President Obama to serve on the Supreme Court to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia, but the GOP-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing for Garland, claiming at the time that it was too close to the 2016 president election, which was eight months away.

This episode became a point of contention after former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE nominated Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MORE less than two months before the 2020 presidential election. 

President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE announced in January that he had selected Garland to be his attorney general. Biden had reportedly also considered former Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and former deputy attorney general Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder MORE.

During his confirmation hearing, Garland vowed to work independently from Biden.

“I am the United States' lawyer. I will do everything in my power ... to fend off any effort by anyone to make prosecutions or investigations partisan or political in any way,” Garland said.

“I would not have taken this job if I thought that politics would have any influence over prosecutions and investigations,” he added.