Merrick Garland Subtly Rebukes Josh Hawley After Question On Supporting Police
Josh Hawley, Sen. (R-Mo.) was presumably not addressed when he challenged Judge Merrick Garland, President Josh Biden's representative in the Justice Department, about his role on protecting the police.
The Missouri Republican, who led the initiative of overthrowing Congressional presidential election in 2020 and who pumped his fist on 6 January at a gathering of Trump backers outside the Capitol, identified the crimes in towns across the country and asked Garland if it endorsed the police default.
"As you certainly know, President Biden has told me that he doesn't support the defunding of the police and neither do I," Garland said at the Monday confirmation hearing of his Senate Judicial Committee.
The Federal Court judge of Appeals later cited the terror encountered by Capitol Police officers during the assault as a justification why the defunct police forces were not funded.
More than 140 policemen were shot during the Congress attack on January 6 and a few died in the aftermath of the rebellion sparked by lies about electoral fraud.
"We saw how hard the lives of the police were in the videos of the bodycam we saw when they defended the Capitol," Garland said.
Riot police drive back a mob of then-President Donald Trump supporters after storming the Capitol building in Washington DC on 6 January.
(Picture: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP from Getty Pictures)
Since the riot, Hawley and other Republicans have regretted brutality against the police last year amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations (even though the vast majority of demonstrations were peaceful).
During his conviction in the courts, the defense team of former President Donald Trump also drew a misleading analogy between a Capitol attack aimed at overthrowing American democracy and previous police attacks in response to their shootings of innocent people.
Hawley also wondered whether Garland found 'federal attacks in areas outside of Washington, D.C.' to be domestic terrorism, a term he recently indicated could not be fitting for the Capitol attack which Democrats believed they used to excuse power seizure.
"In an attempt to disrupt democratic processes the use of violence or threats of violence," Garland said.
"So an assault on a court while trying to prevent judges from deciding cases, that is simply domestic extremism, domestic terror."
The followers of Trump, who ransacked the Capitol, have attempted to overthrow the democracy process, namely to prove Biden's dominance by the 2020 election.
Left: Attorney General Merrick Garland talks to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 22 February at his confirmation hearing.
Right: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) stops at the nomination hearing in Garland.
(Photo: Drago/Getty Pictures).
The next General Attorney with strong bipartisan support is Garland predicted to be confirmed.
And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admired the judge and called him a "very good selection" of the post.
Garland's welcome on Monday cannot have been different from 2016, when President Barack Obama confirmed him to the Supreme Court as a judge.
Republicans utterly refused him a hearing in the Committee of Justice of the Senate, citing the presidential election later that year.
Naturally, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, they withdrew their opposition to election year confirmations at the Supreme Court in late 2020.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the then Chair of the Judiciary Committee, said in his opening speech on Monday: "This is an election year for a split congress.
"Yes, it's true I didn't give Judge Garland a hearing," he said, two years later before moving to referral of confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"I didn't misrepresent his record, either.
I did not attack his character. I did not attack his character.
I didn't go into his yearbook for high school."
Naturally, two years before Kavanaugh, Garland was nominated.
He was also not charged with sexual harassment.
This article was originally published on HuffPost and revised.