3:00 p.m., February 21, 2021
If we believe the White House, the appointment of this native of Chicago, deemed fair and moderate, aims to restore the independence of American justice. The investigation of the case Hunter Biden, the son of the newly elected Democratic President Joe Biden targeted because of tax problems, should be a first test for this graduate of the Harvard law school. Merrick Garland has long appealed to Republicans more than Democrats, the latter not finding him “liberal” enough.
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A career started under Jimmy Carter
Yet when Barack Obama considered appointing him to the Supreme Court in 2016, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dragged out the process and Garland would never be consecrated. Justice is therefore rendered to this workaholic named by Joe Biden. At 68, the man whose only weakness is said to be chocolate began his career under Jimmy Carter.
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Having investigated the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 under the Clinton presidency and the origin of the arrest of Ted Kaczynski, nicknamed “Unabomber” a year later, the new Minister of Justice should meet the expectations of President Biden who, during his campaign, made the fight “against violent extremists” one of his priorities. To be verified therefore during the judicialization of Trumpist militants arrested after the assault on the Capitol. And in the investigations for racist violence, a few weeks before the trial of the police officer who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
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