Merrick Garland will likely face questions from both sides of the aisle about how he would run the Justice Department amid political debates over race and the criminal justice system, which emerged after a summer of protests by mass spurred by the murders of black men by the police. and women.
The Republican aide said senators plan to pressure Garland over statements on the subject made by two women appointed to senior positions in the department alongside him, which sparked controversy.
The assistant highlighted the role Biden’s candidate for Justice Department Civil Rights head Kristen Clarke played as a student in organizing a University of Justice event. Harvard in 1994 with an anti-Semitic professor.
Clarke has since said she regrets hosting the event. Vanita Gupta, nominated for the department’s number three position, also drew the attention of Republicans for saying that every institution in the United States “suffers from structural racism.”
Meanwhile, the United States Civil Liberties Union is pressuring Garland from the left, writing in a letter released Thursday that he should make it clear during his confirmation hearing that he “will adopt policies to build a criminal justice system.” fairer racially ”as Attorney General.
A number of policies put in place by his Republican predecessors, such as a memo from the 2018 sessions that restricted the use of court-ordered agreements with local police departments accused of civil rights violations, may soon be overturned under Garland.
Dozens of lawmakers led by Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley also urged Garland to end use of the federal death penalty after an execution frenzy in the dying days of the Trump administration that followed a change in policy under Barr.