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 raised questions about the Trump-Russia investigation origins, the Durham investigation into transgender athletes in high school sports, and whether illegally 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.

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    • Garland faced constant questioning from senators about their plans to handle specific investigations, like the Hunter Biden investigation
    • Garland was also asked about biologically allowing male athletes who identify as transgender to compete in female athletic competitions.

    Garland was also asked about biologically allowing male athletes who identify as transgender to compete in female athletic competitions.

“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 also defended Kristen Clarke, the lawyer tapped to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division during a heated exchange with Sen. Mike Lee. R-Uttara, at the time of hearing.

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