Some Pardon’s to be Overturned? Biden introduces Merrick Garland as attorney general pick: ‘Your loyalty is not to me’

President-elect says federal judge will restore ‘integrity and independence’ to role


All pardons where Trump is a possible coconspirator are facing erasure

Joe Biden formally selected Merrick Garland to be his attorney general on Thursday, tasking the long-serving jurist with the responsibility of restoring “the honor, the integrity, the independence” of a beleaguered justice department.

Speaking a day after a violent mob stormed the US Capitol, the president-elect said Garland, whose 2016 supreme court nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans, would be the “people’s lawyer”, drawing a sharp contrast with Donald Trump, who repeatedly sought to use the department to advance his own personal and political agenda.

“You won’t work for me. You are not the president or the vice-president’s lawyer,” Biden said in remarks from Wilmington, Delaware, that started by denouncing the violence that marked “one of the darkest days in the history of our nation”.

“Your loyalty is not to me. It’s to the law, to the constitution to the people of this nation.”

The president-elect called Garland, a judge on the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, “one of the most respected jurists of our time”. He would be, Biden continued, an impartial administrator of justice and not the “personal attorney to the president” and, alongside his other nominees to lead the department, would restore Americans’ faith in the rule of law and seek to build a more equitable system of justice.  read more…

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  1. Not listening to hype or anything on this one. Actions are required, not history or bio’s.

    The indication is , the profile of a very stable, non-disturbing do nothing to disrupt or agitate judge that will be very quiet and careful. The perfect selection for any coverup. After the fact quieting force of apologists. Good luck. Oh, and No giving the people weed is not a favor, it is a relinquishing of undeserved excessive force authorization. We do not need the government to supervise us, we need them to do our bidding , no matter your opinion. So, start with clipping USSC powers. This pick is a sure sign establishment Joe is a regular guy, awe shucks.

    • Just to be clear, this pick is someone any 80 year old who wants a quiet life will be comfortable with. It is not a pick that will handle our future. Just US will be stabilized.

      Here comes the apology after the baton hits your head. And religion will prevail over common sense or public need. Blech.

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