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President Biden's nominee to be the next attorney general,, got emotional during a hearing while explaining how his family fled persecution over their Jewish identity.
, 68, recounted his family's tragic journey to the United States on Monday while in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The emotional response was elicited after Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker asked him about his motivations and his "family history in confronting hate and discrimination."
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Merrick Garland will tell senators on Monday that he will fight discrimination and domestic extremism if confirmed as attorney general, according to testimony released by the Senate Judiciary Committee."It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney general is to serve the Rule of Law and to ensure equal justice under the law," Garland is expected to say at his confirmation hearing.Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court was bottled up in the Senate for nearly a year in 2016, when Republicans refused to give him a hearing because they argued the winner of that year's presidential election should fill the vacancy left by the death of conse
"So I come from a family — or my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution. The country took us in and protected us. And I feel an obligation to the country to pay back, and this is the highest, best use of my own set of skills to pay back," Garland said, having to stop at moments to collect himself. "And so, I want very much to be the kind of attorney general that you're saying I could become."
Garland's nomination as Biden's attorney general comes five years after then-President Barack Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Republican majority in the Senate refused to hold a hearing, leaving the seat open for former President Donald Trump to nominate Justice Neil Gorsuch.
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When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearing for Judge Merrick Garland's nomination as attorney general on Monday, the nominee will likely face a sympathetic audience. Democrats will be delighted to see a spurned nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court being rewarded with the leadership of the Department of Justice. Republicans, despite shunning Garland’s Supreme Court nomination, are impressed by his even-handed handling of cases from the bench. © Provided by Washington Examiner Senators in both parties, however, should not fail to use this hearing as an opportunity to extract promises of transparency about the state of government surveillance.
Garland’s Jewish grandparents fled from Europe to escape anti-Semitism, according to the. He was raised in Chicago, and his late mother was the director of volunteer service at the Council for Jewish Elderly.
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Merrick Garland's nomination to be attorney general advances to full Senate .
Merrick Garland's nomination to become President Biden's attorney general was advanced to the full Senate on Monday.The bipartisan vote was 15-7. A full Senate vote has not been scheduled but could come early this week.