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House Judiciary presses Merrick Garland on Trump, Hunter Biden and Jan. 6: Highlights

Garland testified before Congress for the first time since former President Donald Trump was indicted twice on the federal level.
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Highlights from Garland's appearance on Capitol Hill:

  • The House Judiciary Committee, led by chair Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is hearing from Attorney General Merrick Garland. The hearing began at 10 a.m. ET and lasted about five hours.
  • Jordan and Republicans focused heavily on how the Justice Department has handled its investigation and prosecution of Hunter Biden on felony gun charges. That investigation is being led by special counsel David Weiss.
  • Garland's appointment of special counsel Jack Smith, who has indicted former President Donald Trump twice on the federal level, was also a major topic of GOP questioning.
  • Democrats, meanwhile, defended the DOJ, saying Republicans used the hearing to defend Trump and arguing that GOP calls to defund the FBI would be harmful to national security.
  • The hearing came as House Republicans pursue an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
  • Jordan and Republicans have accused the Biden administration more broadly of "weaponizing" the DOJ against conservatives.