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Judiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination

Judiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination
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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to approve Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandGarland warns domestic terrorism 'still with us' on anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing Mazie Hirono: Asian American, Pacific Islander community 'feels under siege' amid rise in hate crimes ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation MORE’s nomination for attorney general, teeing him up to be confirmed by the Senate as soon as this week. 

The panel voted 15-7 in favor of President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE’s pick to lead the Justice Department. GOP Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Apple approves Parler's return to App Store | White House scales back response to SolarWinds, Microsoft incidents | Pressure mounts on DHS over relationship with Clearview AI 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Apple approves Parler's return to App Store MORE (Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation? MORE (Texas), Ben SasseBen Sasse15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Toomey warns GOP colleagues to stay away from earmarks Bipartisan lawmakers signal support for Biden cybersecurity picks MORE (Neb.), Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Apple approves Parler's return to App Store | White House scales back response to SolarWinds, Microsoft incidents | Pressure mounts on DHS over relationship with Clearview AI 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation? MORE (Mo.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines Parade of 2024 GOP hopefuls court House conservatives Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE (Ark.), John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha Blackburn2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Blackburn introduces bill to require migrant DNA testing at border Bottom line MORE (Tenn.) voted against his nomination. Cruz, Sasse, Cotton and Hawley are each viewed as potential 2024 presidential contenders. 

The vote comes nearly five years after Republicans blocked Garland from getting a hearing or a vote for his 2016 Supreme Court nomination, and is the first nomination cleared by Democrats since the party took over the committee.  

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Garland is expected to easily be confirmed by the full Senate, despite the GOP opposition in committee. A final confirmation vote hasn't been scheduled, but could happen as soon as this week. 

Democrats only need 50 votes in order to confirm Biden’s nominees because Vice President Harris could break a 50-50 tie.

No Democrat has said that they will oppose Garland and he’s expected to get GOP support on the Senate floor. Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban It's not 'woketivism,' it's good business MORE (R-Ky.) says he supports the nomination and top Republicans on the panel, including Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate aims to pass anti-Asian hate crimes bill this week 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party This week: Democrats move on DC statehood MORE (R-Iowa), voted to advance his nomination on Monday. 

The committee vote came one week after Garland testified during an hours-long Judiciary Committee hearing, where he pledged to be politically independent from Biden.  

Garland is poised to take over a Justice Department battered in recent years by political scandals and viewed by lawmakers in both parties as being increasingly politicized.  

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“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 at his hearing.

Garland also fielded questions on police reform, controversial investigations into the Russia probe and Hunter Biden, limits on a president’s power and domestic terrorism in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. 

Garland, as attorney general, will oversee a weeks-old wide-ranging investigation into the pro-Trump mob breaching the Capitol building in an effort to stop the counting of the Electoral College vote. 

“One of the very first things I will do is get a briefing on the progress of this investigation,” Garland told senators.