Merrick Garland wouldn’t commit today to protecting Special Counsel John Durham and his investigation into the origins of the Russia probe during a Senate hearing today on his nomination to be AG:
DC EXAMINER – President Biden’s pick for attorney general didn’t directly promise to protect special counsel John Durham’s investigation nor to make his report public, saying he would need to speak with the federal prosecutor before making a decision, though he said he didn’t currently have reason to think it wasn’t the right move to keep Durham on.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the committee, urged Merrick Garland to support Durham’s investigation and to handle the inquiry into Hunter Biden without interference from the White House.
“With respect to special counsel Durham’s investigation, I expect that he will be allowed to complete his investigation,” the Republican senator said. “If confirmed, will you commit to providing special counsel Durham with the staff, resources, funds, and time needed to thoroughly complete the investigation?”
“So senator, I don’t have any information about the investigation as I sit here today, and another one of the very first things I’m going to have to do is speak with Mr. Durham and figure out how his investigation is going,” the judge replied. “I understand that he has been permitted to remain in his position, and sitting here today, I have no reason to think that that was not the correct decision.”
Grassley asked Garland if he was saying that Durham would only be removed “for cause.” Garland didn’t commit to that either.
“I would have to have an opportunity to talk with him,” Garland said. “I have not had that opportunity. As I said, I don’t have any reason, from what I know now, which is really very little, to make any determination on that ground. But I don’t have any reason to think that he should not remain in place.”
Garland also would not commit to releasing Durham’s full report.
“I am a great believer in transparency,” Garland said. “I would, though, have to talk with Mr. Durham and understand the nature of what he’s been doing and the nature of the report. But I am very much committed to transparency and to explaining Justice Department decision-making.”
Garland claims he doesn’t have any information, but that seems like a fake out to me. Garland doesn’t need any special insider information to commit to protecting Durham’s investigation given all that we’ve seen over the last four years. Even more so, Garland should easily be able to commit to not firing Durham ‘for cause’.
The fact that he wouldn’t commit to either leads me to believe he’s going to end up as a hack AG for Biden and will end up doing his bidding, firing Durham and shutting down the probe into Hunter Biden.