Sen. Ted Cruz did not seem very thrilled with the responses from Judge Merrick Garland during his attorney general confirmation hearing, and what he said triggered a response from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ted Cruz said "Judge Garland's testimony before this committee and his subsequent answers to the questions for the record left me deeply, deeply disappointed. On question after question after question, Judge Garland refused to answer virtually anything."

WATCH Ted Cruz state his case against Garland:



The Senate Judiciary Committee later responded to Ted Cruz's claim about Garland's responses.

The SJC said, "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."

Ted Cruz responded to that, saying "Answering “I don’t know” or “I’m not going to tell you”—as Garland did hundreds of times—is NOT... “answering the questions."



Ted Cruz's statement was not enough to stop Merrick Garland from advancing to the next step in his path to attorney general.

In a 15-7 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved Judge Garland to the next stage, setting up a confirmation with the full Senate. Four of the 15 votes were Republicans who supported Garland for attorney general, per report.

Garland will face politically charged questions at the Justice Department, including how to handle a federal probe into Biden's son Hunter Biden and whether the DOJ should wade into former President Donald Trump's role in the riot at the Capitol. Garland also said in his hearing that he didn't have "any reason to think" that special counsel John Durham "should not remain in place" to complete his investigation of the FBI's Russia probe.

Garland also said he had not spoken to the President about his son's case. Federal investigators in Delaware have been examining multiple financial issues, including whether Hunter Biden violated tax and money laundering laws in business dealings in foreign countries.

The President made abundantly clear in every public statement before and after my nomination that decisions about investigations and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department," said Garland. "That was the reason that I was willing to take on this job."

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, supported Garland, calling him an "honorable man" with a "big job" ahead of him to uphold the integrity of the department.

Garland's first question on his first day as attorney general should be, "where's Hunter Biden?"