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At confirmation, Garland says he’s ‘pretty good judge of what an anti-Semite is’

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23.02.2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Merrick Garland turned emotional when asked Monday during his Senate confirmation hearing why he wanted to be the US attorney general.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., wanted Garland to explain why he chose his career path, using his family history leaving Russia’s Pale of Settlement, “in confronting hate and discrimination.” Booker noted that Garland had been asked and answered the question when they met privately.

“I come from a family where my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution,” the erudite and soft-spoken judge said before pausing for several seconds to gather himself. “The country took us in and protected us, and I feel an obligation to the country to pay back — this is the highest, best use of my own set of skills to pay back. I want very much to be the kind of an attorney general that you are saying I could become.”

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