Hours-long testimony from Merrick Garland at the House Judiciary Committee yesterday seems to have created more questions

September 21 – United States Attorney General Merrick Garland sat down in front of the United States House Judiciary Committee yesterday to talk about a whole host of topics. 

Garland answered a myriad of questions from lawmakers for nearly six hours in the Chamber, including ones about the Hunter Biden probe, anti-Catholic bias and having parents targeted at local school board meetings. 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “This is the guy that Obama wanted to make a Supreme Court Justice because he was so brilliant and he was so middle of the road and this was the safe choice. Excuse me? The man seems to know nothing about the agents and the organizations that he oversees and his lack of curiosity about some of these things. I think there were really good points made, but I have to tell you as a Catholic who was myself outraged at the fact that FBI agents in several offices around the country were looking to go into Catholic churches to supposedly look for extremists. For this man to use his Jewish background and so he so indignant anybody would ask him about this. I don’t care about your background, sir. That has nothing to do with that question being asked and you answering whether you had knowledge of this and why it was in several offices. Your background actually means nothing to that question and answer. Stop it. It’s ridiculous that we can’t ask somebody who’s Jewish about these kinds of things. It doesn’t matter. How did he not get the investigation going before statutes of limitations ran out? He’s not interested in really serious charges against the president’s son that might involve the president? I mean, this is just absurd.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll added, “I didn’t think it was a great performance by the Attorney General yesterday. That question about the Catholic issue generated a pretty heated response from Garland because he’s just so mild mannered. I was also struck when he said he couldn’t remember if he’s had direct conversations with FBI offices that were involved in these various investigations. To me, that doesn’t pass the smell test.”

What will be the ultimate result of all this time spent asking and answering questions? 

Barkdoll said, “Nothing will come out of this. You go back over the last 20 years and you think about committees that have brought the AG in and have grilled him or her even going back to Janet Reno, about various things they’re not doing and there’s all kinds of smoke, but then nothing gets done about it. They’ll use this in their campaign ads next year, but there will be no action taken and the beat will just go on. I think his hearing yesterday, in some ways his answers created more questions, because he seems to be just so disconnected from all of these different things that are happening.”