Garland raised questions about the Durham investigation, transgender athletes competing in girls’ games and illegally crossing the border.
Judge Merrick Garland, named President Biden’s attorney general, repeatedly refrained from directly answering questions from Republican senators during Monday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Garland originated the Trump-Russia investigation, the felony investigation of transgender athletes in high school sports and unlawfully crossing the border should be a criminal offense.
Sen. Josh Holley, R-MO, asked Garland if he believed crossing the border illegally should be a crime.
“I haven’t thought about that question, I just haven’t thought about that question” Garland said. “The President has clarified that we are a nation with borders, with national security, I do not know of the proposal to decriminalize but still it is illegal to answer it, I just have not thought about it.”
Garland similarly committed to leave Special Counsel John Durham to continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. Garland said he had no reason to think that leaving Durham to continue his investigation was a wrong decision, but refused to take action.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, pushing Garland to say whether the Durham investigation is legitimate, prompting Nominee to say: “I don’t really know anything about the investigation.”
“I think one should look at what has happened in relation to those FISAs and I believe the Inspector General has done so,” Leland said.
Garland was also asked about biologically allowing male athletes who identify as transgender to compete in female athletic competitions.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, asked Garland if he agreed with the statement that “allowing biological men to compete in all-female sport deprives women of the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in sports And fundamentally unfair to female athletes. “
Garland refused to directly answer Kennedy’s question. “It’s a very difficult social question you’re asking me, I know what it underscores,” Garland begins his answer.
“I know, but you’re going to be Attorney General,” Kennedy shot back.
“Okay, but I can’t be the one who has to make such policy decisions, not the one I’m against. See, I think every human being should be treated with respect and dignity. And that’s beyond my understanding Is. Own character, but a clear understanding of what the law requires, “Garland replied.
“IX has a particular question of how the title applies to schools, in light of the Boksock case, which I know you are very familiar with, something that I will have to see when I get the chance to do so . I have not yet had a chance to consider such issues in my career, but I agree that this is a difficult question.
President Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office calling for schools to allow transgender athletes to compete on girls’ sports teams.