Attorney General nominee Garland says politics won't influence criminal probes

By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed on Monday to protect the integrity of the Justice Department from partisan influence, in an effort to restore confidence after President Donald Trump repeatedly sought to bend the department to his will. Trump, a Republican who lost to Biden in November, for years attacked Justice Department investigations of his 2016 campaign and Russian election interference as a “witch hunt” or a “hoax.” The next attorney general will inherit a few investigations that began during…

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