Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice conducted the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, the private home of former President Donald J. Trump on August 8, 2022.
Here is a list of the 20 Republican Senators who joined Democrats to confirm Garland’s nomination in March 2021 as attorney general.
Roy Blunt, Missouri
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Shelley Capito, West Virginia
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
Susan Collins, Maine
John Cornyn, Texas
Joni Ernst, Iowa
Lyndsey Graham, South Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa*
Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma (retiring in Nov. 2022).
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin*
James Lankford, Oklahoma
Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
Jerry Moran, Kansas
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Rob Portman, Ohio
Mitt Romney, Utah
Mike Rounds, South Dakota (former governor)
John Thune, South Dakota
Thom Tillis, North Carolina
*Grassley and Johnson denounced the FBI’s actions shortly after the raid.
These senators voted to confirm him even after Garland:
🔹refused to answer “whether illegally entering the country should remain a crime.”
🔹refused to say whether he would protect female athletes from having their privacy and victories interrupted by men.
🔹refused to commit to releasing special counsel John Durham’s report probing the Russia collusion hoax against Donald Trump.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz voted against Garland’s confirmation because he “refused to make clear that he would stand against the politicization of the department, which we saw during the Obama-Biden years.”
Sen. Tom Scott said Garland was a “radical” who might “politicize” the Department of Justice. “When he did answer questions, he sounded more like a liberal ideologue who would embrace the radical agenda of the Democratic party’s far left base.”
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