President Biden’s attorney general nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, avoided giving direct answers to Republican senators’ questions during Monday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Garland peeked into questions about the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, transgender athletes in high school sports, and questions about Durham’s investigation into whether crossing the border illegally should be a criminal offense.
Se-Josh Haley Valle, R-MO, asked Garland if he believed it was a crime to cross the border illegally.
“I didn’t think about that question, I just didn’t think about that question,” Garland said. “The president has made it clear that we are a nation with borders with national security. I do not report the declarator’s proposal but even though I make it illegal to respond, I have not just thought about it.”
Garland also refused to impose a firm ban on the release of special adviser John Durham to continue the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. Garland said he had “no reason” to think it was a bad decision to leave Durham to continue his investigation, but refused to commit to the course of the proceedings.
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Sen. Lindsay Graham, RSC, forced Garland to say whether Durham’s investigation was legitimate, and asked the nominee to say: “I don’t really know anything about the investigation.”
“I think someone should look at what happened in relation to the FISA and I believe the Inspector General has done that,” Garland added.
Garland was also asked to allow biologically male athletes who are known as transgender to participate in female athletic competitions.
Sen. John Kennedy, R.L.A., asks Garland if he agrees with the statement that “allowing biological males to participate in female-female sports deprives women of the opportunity to participate fully and equitably in sports, and that women are basically Is unfair to athletes. “
Garland declined to answer Kennedy’s question directly. “This is a very difficult social question that you may be asking me here, I know what this means,” Garland began his answer.
“I know, but you’re going to be attorney general,” Kennedy turned back.
“Okay, but I can’t be the one who has to make policy decisions. I’m against it. Look, I think every human being should be treated with respect and dignity. And that’s an important understanding of me. , But there is an over-understanding of what the law requires, ”Garland replied.
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“The special question about how Title IX applies in schools is that, in light of the Boost case, which I know you’re very familiar with, it’s something I needed to see when I had the chance to do it. I haven’t had a chance to think about such issues yet, but I agree that this is a difficult question, “Garley replied.
President Biden signed an executive order on its first day asking schools to allow transgender athletes to participate in girls sports teams.