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Merrick Garland, Ted Cruz Spar In Testy Exchange On Protests At Justices’ Homes

In the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Cruz accused Garland, a former federal judge whose own nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by Senate Republicans, of allowing threats of violence against the justices, and he claimed that Garland and the DOJ “did nothing.”

Garland swiftly tackled Cruz’s claims and remarked that he’d done something no other attorney general in the Justice Department’s history had done before: He ordered U.S. marshals to protect justices’ homes.

“Senator, you asked whether I sat on my hands, and, quite the opposite, I sent 70 U.S. marshals to defend… ,” Garland responded before Cruz interrupted him with a question again.

You can watch more of their exchange below.