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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke March 8, 2023

No, U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley didn’t make U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland cry in committee hearing

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  • Video footage from this Senate Judiciary Committee hearing shows that U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., didn’t make U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland cry.

On March 1, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing about oversight of the Justice Department. 

Among the committee members to question Garland was Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who — in his own words — "grilled" Garland. But he didn’t make him cry, as a recent Facebook post claims. 

"WATCH: Josh Hawley makes Garland CRIES loud at hearing with SH0.CKING reveal over ‘Trump’s r.aid," reads an oddly punctuated and grammatically incorrect March 6 Facebook post caption. 

A video clip of the hearing in the Facebook post is wrongly labeled "March 5, 2023." 

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In the original video, which interested viewers can watch in full on C-SPAN’s website, Garland neither weeps nor shouts, depending on your interpretation of the word "cry." 

Rather, Hawley asks Garland about a March 1 Washington Post article that described months of disputes between FBI agents and prosecutors over how to best recover classified documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Early in the clip in the Facebook post, Hawley’s time to speak expires, and the attorney general is then questioned by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

Neither of these senators made Garland cry, either. 

We rate this post False.


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