Attorney General Merrick Garland is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers gear up to touch on a number of matters House Republicans are probing as part of their impeachment inquiry.
Garland’s appearance, his first before the panel since the GOP took control of the House in January, comes as the Judiciary has become part of a trio of committees leading investigations into the president and his son.
Garland is likely to face numerous questions about the sprawling probe as well as other developments the GOP sees as part of the “weaponization” of the Justice Department.
An excerpt of Garland’s opening remarks shows he plans to push back on claims from some corners of Congress that his office makes any decisions based on political motivations.
“Our job is not to do what is politically convenient. Our job is not to take orders from the President, from Congress, or from anyone else, about who or what to criminally investigate,” he said in the prepared remarks.
“As the President himself has said, and I reaffirm here today: I am not the President’s lawyer. I will also add that I am not Congress’s prosecutor.”