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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 22, 2021

Judge Merrick Garland, denied a Supreme Court confirmation hearing five years ago, appeared today before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as President Joe Biden's pick for attorney general, National Public Radio reports. During the proceeding, he vowed that the Justice Department would make protecting civil rights and combating domestic terrorism top priorities and acknowledged that communities of color still face discrimination in housing, education, employment and the criminal justice system. According to Law.com, he also assured senators he remains committed to an independent Justice Department. Garland has served for more than 20 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He previously was a special assistant to the attorney general and later a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. During the Clinton administration, he served in the deputy attorney general's office where he oversaw the prosecutions of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.