Cruz Lies About Garland Hearing As He Votes No On Nomination

Fresh off his jaunts to Cancun and CPAC in Orlando, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took his seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, voted “no” on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination for attorney general and flat out made up reasons for doing so.

Despite Cruz’s prevarications Garland’s nomination was voted out of committee by a 15-7 vote and will be taken up by the full Senate, where it is likely to be approved. Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the ranking member of the commitee, as well as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, joined all Democrats on the panel in support of the nomination.

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The seven Republicans who voted against Garland were Cruz and Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mike Lee of Utah, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

In announcing his vote against Garland Cruz falsely claimed that the judge “refused to answer virtually anything” during his confirmation hearing, which simply is not true, as was pointed out in a tweet from the Judiciary Committee. “Republicans falsely claim that Judge Garland refused to answer all of their questions, but were ok with Judge Barrett refusing to answer over 100 questions during her hearing, and well over 150 additional questions for the record. Judge Garland answered nearly 850.”

Cruz’s nose also was out of joint because Garland was unwilling to meet with him in person. Other senators were perfectly willing to meet with with the 68-year-old judge via video to accommodate pandemic-related considerations including the judge’s age, which puts him into a higher-risk category for COVID-related health risks. Cruz, who refused to quarantine after his recent trips to Mexico and Florida, turned down that offer. Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and member Sheldon Whitehouse pushed back on Cruz for his comments.

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