Attorney General Merrick Garland is set to appear before a Senate panel on Capitol Hill this week. This will be the first time that he is going to appear before the 118th Congress. This testimony comes at a time when the Department of Justice is handling a number of investigations on the current and former presidents.
The hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee is titled “Oversight of the Department of Justice” and is set to take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. While there has not been a lot of information released about the topics covered in the hearing it is widely expected that Garland is going to be questioned about the probes into President Biden and former President Trump.
The Department of Justice is currently handling investigations into three cases relating to the handling of classified documents. Biden, Trump, and former Vice President Mike Pence have all had classified documents discovered in their possession in the past year. The investigations into Trump and Biden are being handled by two separate special counsels. Special counsel Jack Smith was first appointed to Trump’s case after Trump announced that he would be running in the 2024 presidential election.
All three are being investigated for not following the Presidential Records Act accordingly. According to the act all presidents and vice presidents need to hand over to the National Archives all official documents. However, while Biden and Pence have fully cooperated with the investigation so far, Trump has refused to cooperate for the return of the material.