For Immediate Release
Derrick Robinson, Lawyers’ Committee, DRobinson@LawyersCommittee.org, 202-662-8317
Lawyers' Committee Statement on Senate Judiciary “Monster Markup”
WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, out of committee and 44 candidates to serve lifetime appointments on the federal bench. Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement:
“Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has failed to carry out its constitutional obligation to provide advice and consent on the President’s judicial nominees by short-circuiting the review process and rubber-stamping dozens of nominees, many of whom harbor bias and lack the ability to carry out the job with independence and integrity. Moreover, every slate of this President’s nominees has turned the clock back on judicial diversity in ways that are undermining the public’s confidence in the work of the courts. From day 1, this Administration has used the nomination process as another vehicle to promote its political agenda, one that has been about harming the interests of communities of color and obstructing application of our civil rights laws. In no uncertain terms, we condemn the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to blindly advance nominees, many of whom are radical and outside the legal mainstream.”
Clarke continued: “We need judicial nominees who will look at both sides of a case, are unbiased interpreters of the law, act fairly and impartially, and render independent and autonomous decisions. That’s not what we’ve gotten with this President”
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