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 GarlandTrustmark Bank to pay million 'redlining' fine The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' 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 TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE nominated Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettA politicized Supreme Court? That was the point Solid majority believes Supreme Court rulings based more on politics than law  Locked and Loaded: Supreme Court is ready for a showdown on the Second Amendment MORE less than two months before the 2020 presidential election. 

President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room 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 YatesLawmakers call for investigation into alleged harassment, abuse in women's soccer Sally Yates to investigate sexual abuse in women's soccer league Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' 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.