President Joe Biden promised early on that he would not compromise current federal investigations once he entered the White House.
But according to Breitbart, questions are now being raised after Biden’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland refused to confirm or deny during his confirmation hearing whether or not he would cancel the ongoing investigation into “Crossfire Hurricane” by special counsel John Durham, who was appointed to the investigation by former Attorney General Bill Barr.
Given the potential implications of what Durham’s upcoming report might say about former officials in President Barack Obama’s administration, should Garland be confirmed and later cancel the investigation, the optics — on an ethical level — would be disastrous for Biden.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) posed the question to Garland during Monday’s Senate confirmation hearing, using an example from Barr’s confirmation hearing in which he clearly pledged to let Robert Mueller continue on with his investigation at the time. Grassley wanted Garland to follow that same protocol.
Garland kept responding to the senator with claims that he needs to speak to Mr. Durham first but that he doesn’t see any reason why he would be removed, but he never gave Grassley the same commitment that Barr provided when he was confirmed, raising questions that Garland might not be fully on board with keeping Durham on the investigation.
“So senator, I don’t have any information about the investigation as I sit here today, and another one of the very first things I’m going to have to do is speak with Mr. Durham and figure out how his investigation is going,” Garland said in his opening response to Grassley.
Grassley made clear his concerns over Garland’s long and dodgy answers regarding the situation, suggesting that the nominee doesn’t appear to be fully committed.
“It’s not an answer this Committee would have accepted from Barr on Mueller. I think your predisposition, frankly, should be to protect and support the ongoing investigation as much as possible,” Grassley said.
Only time will tell if Garland, assuming he’s confirmed, will take measures to cancel the Durham probe, but from what it sounds like at this point, that option is certainly not off the table.