Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland called the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol “the most heinous attack” on American democracy he has seen, pledging an increased role for the Department of Justice (DOJ) in fighting domestic terrorism.

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“I think this was the most heinous attack on the democratic process that I’ve ever seen, and one that I never expected to see in my lifetime,” he said.

Garland said he would immediately request a briefing on the progress of the investigation, a move that would be “my first priority and my first briefing,” if confirmed.

Read more at The Hill.