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Sen. Ron Johnson says Garland engaged in 'willful ignorance' on Biden investigation

"It's kind of hard not to think that he hasn't had more knowledge than he certainly led on," Johnson said.

Published: September 20, 2023 6:55pm

Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland engaged in "willful ignorance" during his testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. 

"My guess is he's just engaged in willful ignorance," Johnson told the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "He just doesn't want to know, and so he may have walled himself off. It's kind of hard not to think that he hasn't had more knowledge than he certainly led on."

At the hearing, Garland faced questions on subjects including the investigation of Hunter Biden, and the alleged "two-tiered" system of justice that GOP lawmakers say targets certain groups unfairly based on political affiliation. 

A lot of Garland's answers to questions were, "I don't recall" and "I don't remember."

Johnson went on to criticize Garland's appointment of special counsel David Weiss to investigate the first son. 

"If you had to find the one person on planet earth that is the ... least independent to be special counsel, it'd be David Weiss," he said. "He's the guy that allowed the statute of limitations to run out on the more serious tax charges. He's ultimately responsible for that sleazy plea agreement that fortunately, the judge blew the whistle on. So, David Weiss should not be the special counsel here."

Hunter Biden was recently indicted on federal charges for allegedly falsifying a gun application and may face further charges on allegations of tax evasion.

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