President Biden's attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, vowed in his Monday confirmation hearing that he will prosecute "white supremacists and others" who participated in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters. Garland's opening statement declared that the rioters, who were trying to get Congress to reverse Trump's loss to President Biden, committed "a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government." Garland, whose nomination to the Supreme Court by then-President Barack Obama was blocked by Republicans, is expected to be confirmed easily. "Judge Garland's extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in a statement.

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