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Where Things Stand: Garland Looks To DOJ’s Origins To Confront Today’s Right-Wing Extremism Crisis

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Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland meets with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama nominated Garland to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away earlier this year.
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland arrives in the office of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) before a meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 21, 2016 in Washington, DC.... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland arrives in the office of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) before a meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama nominated Garland to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away earlier this year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 22, 2021 1:12 p.m.

Merrick Garland is finally getting his day in court.

While the most eye roll-inducing moments thus far involve Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) daring to harp on the importance of an apolitical Department of Justice, Garland’s opening statement gave us a pretty clear sign of what to expect out of a Garland-run DOJ.

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