Why Merrick Garland won’t call the Portland courthouse riots ‘domestic terrorism’

Judge Merrick Garland is set for easy confirmation as attorney general, but some Republican senators want to make sure he doesn’t get a free pass.

They’re concerned by Garland’s comments Monday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he shied away from labeling as domestic terrorism riots at a Portland, Oregon, courthouse last summer that were instigated by left-wing activists.

During a Monday exchange with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Biden’s attorney general nominee said that because the riots occurred at night and while the courthouse was not in operation, it was questionable that they could be classified as “domestic terrorism.” Garland’s comments came after an
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