JD Vance to 'grind' Biden's nominations in the Senate to a halt until admin 'promises' to 'stop going after political opponents'

"I think it's time we stop just whining about this problem and debating this problem and actually do something about it."

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On the heels of Trump's indictment, Ohio senator JD Vance took aim at the Department of Justice, arguing that under the leadership of President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland, it has been used "not to enforce the law impartially ... but clearly to harass his political opponents."

Vance vowed to use his power as a senator to halt all future DOJ nominees until Biden and Garland changed course, a move that caused Rolling Stone to accuse him of trying to "sabotage federal law enforcement."

On Tuesday, Vance uploaded a video to Twitter outlining his plan.

"I've heard from a lot of people who are frustrated, as I am, with the fact that Merrick Garland has used the Department of Justice for politics instead of law, and I think it's time we stop just whining about this problem and debating this problem and actually do something about it," he began.

"I've announced today that I will be holding all DOJ nominees that Merrick Garland will use if confirmed not to enforce the law impartially, which is his duty, but clearly to harass his political opponents."

He went on to suggest that he and his colleagues must "grind this department to a halt until Merrick Garland promises to do his job and stop going after political opponents," citing not only the Trump indictment, but the DOJ's targeting of Catholics, parents, and others who pose a threat to the Biden administration's agenda.

In an interview with Steve Bannon, Vance accused Garland of using his appointees as "foot soldiers" in his war against political opponents, explaining that the vast majority simply "sail through the Senate" without question. 

Vance noted that while he can't bar appointees from being confirmed, he can slow down the process.

As Rolling Stone reports, there are two nominees currently awaiting confirmation in the Senate.
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