Ted Cruz, Merrick Garland, Department Of Justice

Ted Cruz, Merrick Garland

Ted Cruz says DOJ 'politicized and weaponized' under Obama at Merrick Garland hearing

Ted Cruz says DOJ 'politicized and weaponized' under Obama at Merrick Garland hearing

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Ted Cruz says DOJ 'politicized and weaponized' under Obama at Merrick Garland hearing

'Am I right in assuming you do not view your role as attorney general as being Joe Biden's wingman?' Cruz asked Garland on Monday.

, who seemed to regard the attorney general as someone who should be loyal to the president."Am I right in assuming you do not view your role as attorney general as being Joe Biden's wingman?" Cruz asked."I do not regard myself as anything other than the lawyer for the people of the United States. I am not the president's lawyer. I am the United States lawyer," Garland said."And I will do everything in my power, which I believe is considerable, to fend off any effort by anyone to make prosecutions or investigations partisan or political in any way."

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Garland later emphasized that the only basis for targeting someone has to be"evidence of the risk of a foreign intelligence problem or of a criminal problem."He added,"That is a question of objective facts and law. And it can never be an effort to help one party or another party in politics, in investigations and prosecutions. There is no party. The department is an independent, nonpartisan actor, and that's my job to ensure that that's the case."

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