Judge Merrick Garland was masterful today at his confirmation hearing to become the next Attorney General of the United States.
He was moving when discussing with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker his reasons for accepting the nomination from President Joe Biden to become the next Attorney General, invoking his family’s history of fleeing Anti Semitism in Europe and emigrating to the United States.
Judge Garland said:
“I feel an obligation to the country to pay back and this is the highest best use of my own set of skills to pay back and so I want very much to be the kind of Attorney General that you’re saying I could become. I’ll do my best to try and be that kind of Attorney General. “
Unlike his immediate confirmed predecessor to the position, Bill Barr, Garland declared his Justice Department would be independent of the Administration, saying:
“I am not the president’s lawyer. I am the United States’ lawyer.”
What is galling is that it was Republican enablers of Donald Trump like Quisling Ted Fly Away to Cancun Cruz that had the nerve to ask that question.
Perhaps the most telling exchange of the hearing with regards to the immediate direction of the Justice Department if Judge Garland is confirmed is the below exchange between Rhode Island Senator Sheldon White House and the Attorney General Nominee with regards to the investigation of the events leading up to, during, and after the Trumpist Domestic Terrorist Attack on the Nations Capitol on January 6. 2021.
Senator Whitehouse asked Judge Garland:
“With regards to January 6, I’d like to make sure you’re willing to look upstream from the actual occupants who assaulted the building in the same way that in a drug case you would look upstream from the street dealers to try to find the kingpins and that you will not rule out investigation of funders, organizers, ringleaders, or aiders and abettors who were not present in the capitol on January 6.”
Judge Garland replied:
“…We begin with the people on the ground (the rioters) and we work our way up to those…who are involved and further involved and we will pursue these leads wherever they take us.”
With that reply, Judge Garland gave a sophisticated version of the renowned quote from Rambo II when the lead character played by Sylvester Stallone tells the lead American operative that betrayed him.
“I’m coming to get you.”
To all the coup plotters that helped ignite the spark that led to the January 6 Trumpist Domestic Terrorist Attacks, Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Justice Department are coming for you.
That includes Arizonans election deniers and alleged coup plotter Quislings like Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Mark Finchem, and Anthony Kern.
That includes fellow Trumpist enablers like Rudy Giuliani, Mo Brooks, and Donald Trump Jr.
That includes twice impeached, Donald Trump.
The tradition of judicial independence is coming back to the Justice Department.
Trumpists beware because your days of trampling on the Constitution, law and order, reality, are coming to an end.
There is a new Attorney General coming and he represents the people of the United States, not the former Aspiring Duce-Chief Executive Demagogue now residing at Mara Largo.