WASHINGTON — Merrick Garland — President Joe Biden’s pick for U.S. attorney general — said he would aggressively go after “white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6.”
Garland talked about the storming of the U.S. Capitol by some Trump supporters upset with President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory during Senate confirmation hearings on Monday.
The riot resulted in Congress being locked down during Biden’s certification as the winner of the Electoral College. Police shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter, inside the Capitol.Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick also died after suffering injuries during the Jan. 6 anarchy.
FBI agents have arrested a number of persons who entered the Capitol. The riot resulted in an unprecedented, 26,000-troop security buildup in Washington for Biden’s inauguration.
Thousands of troops remain in the city and security fences (some with barbed wire and razor wire) surround the Capitol and other federal buildings.
The Biden administration has issued domestic terrorism alerts and is conducting threat assessments on domestic resistance groups. Some Democrats want to expand police and intelligence surveillance powers to investigate alt-right groups and QAnon adherents.
Garland — who was a longtime federal judge and was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama — said he would go after those who were part of the Jan. 6 unrest in D.C.
“If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy,” Garland said during Senate confirmation hearings.
Garland lives in Maryland and was introduced by U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.Van Hollen talked about the feds and Biden administration going after “white supremacists and radical militia groups.”