Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley voted against Merrick Garland‘s nomination in the Senate Judiciary Committee after Garland vowed to prosecute all involved in the Capitol attack.
Garland’s nomination was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee 15-7:
Garland reported out of committee 15-7. Cotton, Kennedy, Lee, Blackburn, Hawley, Sasse and Cruz voted no
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It is not surprising that Capitol attack inciters like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley would vote against Merrick Garland’s confirmation.
During his confirmation hearing, Garland said, “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: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”
Those white supremacists and domestic terrorists were incited by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and other congressional Republicans. The terrorists were caught on video expressing the belief that they were doing what Cruz wanted them to do.
Cruz and Hawley voted against a nominee who could potentially prosecute them and their supporters. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley don’t want an attorney general who will prosecute white supremacists and domestic terrorists because that could also mean that they someday could be prosecuted too.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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