WATCH: Russian oligarch money should go ‘directly to Ukraine’, says Garland

U. S. Attorney General Merrick Garland told Congress Tuesday he supports legislation to allow some of the proceeds from assets the U.S. Justice Department seizes from Russian oligarchs to go “directly to Ukraine.”

Watch Garland’s testimony in the player above.

Garland made comments as he was asked how the Justice Department handles proceeds from recovered Russian assets during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on funding for the department’s fiscal year 2023 budget.

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“The money would go into the asset forfeiture fund. So, first thing we have to do is freeze the assets,” Garland told the committee. He added, “We would support legislation that would allow some of that money to go directly to Ukraine.”

President Joe Biden ‘s justice department has recently launched a sanctions enforcement task force known as KleptoCapture, which aims to enforce financial restrictions in the U.S. imposed on Russia and its billionaires, working with the FBI, the U.S. Treasury and other federal agencies.

That task force will also target financial institutions and entities that have helped oligarchs move money to dodge sanctions.

The U.S. government have imposed several sanctions against oligarchs, targeting pricey assets of Russian elites with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, after the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Also, Garland addressed questions on the distinction between mask mandates on planes and the Biden administration’s plan to end the asylum limits at the U.S.-Mexico border by May 23 that were put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Garland said, the CDC announced its assessment the mask mandate program “was continued to be necessary in the confines of airplanes and public transportation. The only question for us — is that lawful?”

“With respect to Title 42. It’s the same analysis from our side,” Garland said.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned lower-court orders that have blocked the Biden administration from ending the controversial Trump-era immigration program Title 42 for asylum-seekers.

Questions from conservative and liberal justices during nearly two hours of arguments suggested that the court could free the administration to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy that forces some people seeking asylum in the U.S. to wait in Mexico for their hearings.

Biden suspended the program on his first day in office. After Texas and Missouri sued, lower courts required immigration officials to reinstate it, though the current administration has sent far fewer people back to Mexico than its predecessor.

The heart of the legal fight is whether, with far less detention capacity than needed, immigration authorities must send people to Mexico or have the discretion under federal law to release asylum-seekers into the United States while they await their hearings.

The decision, not yet final, would halt use of public health powers to absolve the United States of obligations under American law and international treaty to provide haven to people fleeing persecution, and would apply to all asylum-seekers.

Ending the limitations in May would allow for time to prepare at the border, the people said. But the delay runs against the wishes of top Democrats and others who say COVID-19 has long been used as an excuse for the U.S. to get out of asylum obligations.