“Vor lead the lawsuits against white supremacists and others who invaded the Capitol on January 6, “says Merrick Garland, in the communication he will present to US senators who, between Monday and Tuesday, will decide his confirmation at the head of the Department of Justice.
At least 230 people have already been accused of being involved in the attack on the congress, which claimed five lives, and investigations target hundreds of people.
The 68-year-old magistrate also pledges to “protect his Department of Justice’s independence” from “party influences”, including creating clear rules for federal investigations and strictly regulating communications with the White House.
A moderate progressive, Merrick Garland also stresses the importance of tackling the legal inequalities faced by people from ethnic minorities in the United States of America.
President of the federal capital’s Court of Appeal, Merrick Garland was chosen by Barack Obama five years ago to occupy the ninth seat of the Supreme Court, but Republican senators blocked his nomination.
Merrick Garland’s appointment was confirmed by Joe Biden in January, with the aim of “restoring the country’s honor, integrity and independence.
The future incumbent Justice of the Biden administration will have several files at hand, such as the fight against violence and racism in the various police departments, a topic that was at the center of the electoral campaign after the death of African American George Floyd in May last year, during his detention by the Minneapolis police.
For the Department of Justice, Lisa Monaco was also appointed as deputy prosecutor, Vanita Gupta, deputy prosecutor, and Kirsten Clarke, who will be responsible for civil rights.
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