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wednesday. assaulting police, smashing windows, ransacking offices andforcing congress to evacuate as they halted lawmakers temporarily from certifying the electoral college victory of president-elect joseph biden . female demonstrator identified barber family as ashli babbitt. she died later at a hospital. news reports indicate three others also died yesterday. according to those news reports dying from -- >> we're all going to have a lot of questions i want to focus on the issue today of the judiciary as well as talking about the attorney general's office. we will have plenty of times to ask the questions you desperately want to ask about
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everything from the 25th amendment on. i'm notgoing to that today. i want this to be the issue we focus on and i think it's so important. yesterday , in my view was one of the darkestdays in the history of our nation . and unprecedented assault on our democracy. an assault literally on the citadel of liberty. on the united states capital itself. an assault on the rule of law. an assault on the mostsacred of american undertakings . ratifying the will of the people. and choosing the leadership of their government. all of us here grieve the loss of life. grieve the desecration of the people's house. but what we witnessed yesterday is not dissent. it was not disorder. it was not protest. it was chaos.
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they weren't protesters. don't dare call them protesters. they were ariotous mob . insurrectionist. domestic terrorists. it's that basic. it's that simple. i wish we could say we couldn't see it coming. but that isn't true. we could see it coming. the past four years we've had a president who has made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear and everything he hasdone . he unleashed an all out assault on the institutions of our democracy from the outset and yesterday was but the culmination ofthat unrelenting attack . he's attacked the free press who dared to question his power. repeatedly calling the free
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press the enemy of the people. language at the time he first used it i and others said as long been used by autocrats and dictators all over the world to hold onto power. the enemy of the people. language that is being used now by autocrats anddictators across the world, only this time with the imperator of an outgoing president of the united states of america . he's attacked our intelligence services who dared tell the american people the truth about the effort of a foreign power to elect him four years ago. choosing instead to believe the word of vladimir putin over the word of those who swore their allegiance to this nation. many of whom -- he deployed the united states military,
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tear gassing peaceful protesters in pursuit of a photo opportunity in the service of his reelection, even holding the bible upside down. the action that led to an apology from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and an outspoken denunciation of the use of military for domestic political purposes from scores of former military leaders in the secretaries of defense led by secretary cheney. he thought he could stack the courts with friendly judges to support him no matter what . they were trump judges, his judges. he went so far as to say he needed nine justices on the supreme court because he thought the election would end up in the supreme court and they would hand him the election . he was stunned , truly stunned when the judges he appointed didn't do his
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bidding and instead acted with integrity, following the constitution, upholding the rule of law not just once or twice or three times but over 60 times. let me say it. over 60 times. and more than 60 cases in state after state after state and then at the supreme court as judges including people considered quote, his judges, trump judges to use his words looked at the allegations that trump was making and determined they were without any merit . nothing was judged to put this election in question or doubt i any of these judges. i want to understand the importance of democratic institutions in this country , take a look at the pressure
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that was just subjected to by a sittingpresident of the united states of america . at every level, the judiciary rose to the moment during this election, did its job , acted with complete fairness and impartiality with complete honor and integrity . as history looks back on this moment that we passed through i believe it will say our democracy survived in no small part to the men and women that represent an independentjudiciary in this nation . we know them a deep, deep debt of gratitude. and then there'sthe attack on the department of justice . using the attorney general as his personal lawyer, throw it all you would hear the same thing from this president. my generals, my judges, my attorney general.
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and then yesterday, the culmination of an attack on our institutions of democracy. this time the congress itself . inciting a mob to attack the capital, to threaten representatives of the people of this nation even the vice president to stop congress ratifying the will of the american people that had just completed free, and silence the voices of nearly 160 million americans. who summoned the courage in the face of a pandemic, that threatened their health and their lives to cast that secret ballot. i made it clear from the moment i entered this race what i believe was at stake. i said there was nothing less stake than who we are as a nation. what we stand for, what we
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believe, what we will be . at the center of that belief is one of the oldest principles of this nation long-held . we are government laws, not of men. not people. laws. i said many times in the campaign. our democratic institution is not a relic of another age. there what sets this nation apart there the guardrails of ourdemocracy . there's no president who is i can. no congress is the house of lords. a judiciary wasn't served will of the president or exist to protect him or her. we have three coequal branches of government.
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coequal. our president is not abovethe law . justice serve the people. but it doesn't protect the powerful. justice is blind. what we saw yesterday in plainview was another violation of the fundamental tenor of this nation. not only did we see the failure to protect one of the three branches of our government, we also saw a clear failure to carry out equal justice. we used to say the center excuse point of personal privilege. a little over an hour and a half after the chaos started a text from my granddaughter a senior in her last semester at the university of pennsylvania. she sent me a photo of military people in full
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military ear, scores of them lining the steps of the lincoln memorial. because protests by black lives matter. she said pop, this isn't fair. no one can tell me that if it had been a group of black lives matter protesters yesterday , down they would have been treated very friendly. then the mob of thugs storming the. we all know that's true. it is unacceptable. totallyacceptable . the american people saw it in plainview. i hope sensitize them to what we have to do. not many people know it, but justice garland and i were talking, we talked about the reason for the justice department's forming in the first place. it was back in 1870.
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they didn't have a justice department before that. it was formed in 1870 to enforce the civil rights amendment that grew out of the civil war. the 13th, 14th and 15th minute. to stand up to the clan. stand up to racism. to date on domestic terrorism . this original spirit must again guide and animate its work. as we stand here today, we do so in the wake of yesterday's events. events that could not have more vividly demonstrated some of the most important work we have to doin this nation . committing ourselves to the rule law in this nation. invigorating our domestic democratic institutions. carrying out justice under the law in america.
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there is no more important place for us to do this work that the department of justice that's been so politicized. there's no more important people to carry out this work that people i'm announcing today. more than anything, we need to restore the honor, the integrity, the independence of the justice in this nation . it's been so badly damaged. so many former leaders of the department of both parties so testified at state. i want to be clear to those who lead this department who you will serve. you won't work for me. you are not the president or vice president's lawyers. you your loyalty is not to me . it's to the law.
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constitution. the people of this nation. to guarantee justice. for attorney general, the united states, i nominate a man ofimpeccable integrity . judge merrick garland. one of the most respected jurists of our time. brilliant yet humble. the thing with yet modest. full of character and decency . the supreme court clerk served in the justice department during the carter, bush 41 clinton administrations . where he embraced the department's core values of independence and integrity . a federal prosecutor on terrorism and corruption violent crime . professionalism and duty to the ot score.
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nominated by president clinton to the judge on the dc circuit court of appeals, consider the most powerful court in america. brought such a long and distinguished career, jeff garland has earned praise and admiration of members of the bench and bar politicians of both parties . despite his busy schedule andprestigious position, he still next time on here regularly , tutoring students in northeast dc . he's done for 20 years. it's about character. it's about character. that was the drive when president obama nominated him , jeff garland to the supreme court . as i said, he embodies honor, decency, integrity and commitment to the rule law and judicial independence. those same traits he will now
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bring as attorney general of the united states, not as a personal attorney to the president, the people's lawyer. he will restore trust in the law. equal justice under the law and i fully expect the discussions i had that wewill receive a fair hearing and switch confirmation . once you confirm i will probably to nominate his replacement under the dc circuit court of appeals and i expect the distinguished nomineewill receive a prompt and fair hearing as well . at the deputy attorney general i nominate one of the most selfless people i've worked with, one of the brightest worked with worked with her during the last administration . 15 year veteran of the justice department's . lisa monaco. lisa knows the department inside and out. she is the definition of public servant should be. these, trusted, honorable.
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i might have i embarrassed her own to go with other colleagues is selfless. i offered her other positions of greater consequence, more prestige. but she wanted to work with you, judge. she wanted to go back to the justice department. top-flight prosecutor, took on public corruption, corporate fraud and violent crime . the staff to the director of the fbi. the first woman ever confirmed as assistant attorney general for national security . where elevated cyber security to a top priority where it's even more consequentialtoday was then . white house, she was a homeland security counterterrorism adviser to president obama made in every one of the national security
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meetings. she coordinated our fight against al qaeda. lead hours of evil crisis. when the bombs went off at the finish line in boston, her hometown she coordinated the federal government's response with local and state law enforcement to get to the bottom of this harmful strategy. lisa, i know you will help restore integrity and independence. to the department of justice that you so revered. as associate attorney general, the number three job at the department, i nominate a woman i've known for some time. one of the most respected lawyers in america. started her career at the naacp legal defense fund. then on to the aclu. both organizations ofwhich i belong .
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then to the justice department during the obama administration where she led the civil rights division . at every step, with every case, vanita gupta fought for greater equity the right to write the wrong justice system where theyexist . she's done so by bringing people together. earning praise from across the ideological spectrum for herapproach to solving some of the thorniest problems we face . during the obama biden and ministration , travertine was put in charge of investigating abuse of power in the is in prison missouri other communities were part by acts of violence andracial injustice . she helped institute commonsense police reform to build greater equity, safety trust. she was commended for her work by both law enforcement and those advocating for
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changes to the criminal justice system. at the rear achievement. eddie speaks volumes about her capacity to unite people in common purpose which is what this is all about. uniting the american people. born in philadelphia, a proud daughter of immigrants from india, does that sound familiar? if confirmed, vanita will be the first woman of color to serve as associate attorney general grateful vanita is leaving her current job aiding one of the premier civil rights organizations in the world as he answers the call toserve once again . to ensure that our justice system is even more fair and more equitable. i do. for assistant attorney general for civil rights, i nominate kristen clarke who
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has spent her career advocating for greater equality and equity in our justice system. the daughter of jamaican immigrants, don't think this has been designed. i'm still looking for an irishman. all kidding aside. the daughter of jamaican immigrants, kristen clarke is one of the most distinguished civil rights attorneys in america. on the brooklyn new york she began her career, legal career in the very same office she's nownominated to be . pervious tenure with just the justice department saw her take on some of the most complex civil rights cases from voting rights we picking couches to prosecuting crimes and human trafficking. he earned accolades throughout her career including as the head of the civil rights bureau for her home state of new york where
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she's charged to end the school to prison pipeline to root out discrimination in housing law enforcement. she currently leads one of the nation's top civil rights organizations . where she promotes greater equity, voting rights and our education system. in our housing system, in our justice system and so much more. now, to return full-circle to pursue the vital work where her career began. the civil rights division represents the moral center of the department of justice. the heart of that on the mental american ideal that we are all created equal. all deserve to betreated equally . i'm honored to accept the call to return to make real the promise of all americans. to each of you, thank you for your service.
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added to your families, and to the american people, this is a team that will restore your trust and faithin our institutions . i chaired the judiciary committee for many years. one of my goals in running in the first place, you may recall i said when i saw those people coming out of thefields in charlottesville , shouting he, young woman killed. and when i asked the resident said there are good people on both sides. that's literally why iran. there's no more important and heartfelt effort on my part then restoring independence and integrity for our justice department.
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so may god bless you all. may god protect our troops. those who are sworn to protect the americanpeople . now i will turn it over to the next attorney of the united states. judge merrick garland. >> thank you president-elect biden. vice president elect harris for asking me to serve the attorney general of theunited states . thanks always to my wife, children, sisters, without whose unstinting support i
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would not be standing here today. thanks also to my grandparents whose decision to undertake difficult journey to america made all things possible for my family . if confirmed forward to working with these wonderful doj veterans. lisa monaco, vanita gupta and kristen clarke. it will be a kind of homecoming for me. my first job after serving as a judicial law clerk was to work as a special assistant for the attorney general cippoletti. the first attorneys general had enunciated the norms that would ensure adherence to the rule of law. attorney general cippoletti took to continue to work on crafting those norms into
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written policies. those policies included guaranteeing the independence of the department of partisan influence in law-enforcement situations,regulating communications with the white house , espousing guidelines fbi. ensuring respect for the professionalism of doj's lawyers and agents and setting out principles to guide the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. those policies became part of the dna of every career lawyer and agent. confirm, my mission is attorney general would be to reaffirm those policies and principles upon which the departmentoperates . as ed leavy said at his own swearing, nothing can more week and the quality of life or more in peril the
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realization of the goals we all hold dear that our failure to make clear by words and the that our law is not the instrument of partisan purpose. in the decade that followed my first term of the department i returned again and again in different roles. as the career line assessment us attorney, criminal division supervisor and finally as a senior official in the office of the deputy attorney general. the latter role worked with every component of the department. on issues ranging from civil rights and antitrust to domestic terrorism and national security. i also worked directly with prosecutors and agents and offices from oklahoma city to billings montana, from sacramento california to new york city. attorney general leaders supreme court justice robert jackson famously said the citizens, safety, lives
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prosecutor who tempers zeal with humankind's. who seeks truth and not victims, serve the law and not factual purposes and who approaches his job with humility. that was the kind of prosecutor i tried to be during my years of service at the doj. in 1997 i left the department to serve the cause of justice in another role. as a judge. i have loved being a judge. but to serve as attorney general at this critical time , to lead the more than 113,000 dedicated men and women working at the department to ensure the rule of law is a calling i am honored and eager to answer.
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everyone who watched yesterday in washington now understands, they did not understand before, the rule of law is not just some lawyers turn of phrase. it is the very foundation of our democracy. the essence of the rule of law is like cases are treated alike.better not be one pool for perhaps another four republicans. one rule for friends, another foreclose. one rule powerful, another for the. one rule for the rich and poor or different rules depending on one's race or ethnicity. essence is great corollary, equal justice under law is that all citizens are protected to exercise their
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civil rights. those ideals have animated justice since the very moment of its inception. president-elect biden just recounted, the department was founded in the midst of reconstruction following the civil war with its first principle task to ensure compliance with the 13, 14 and 15th amendments. as historian ron turner wrote , a new justice department would forge its identity and bow to slay the first incarnation of the ku klux klan and his offshoots. now, the department successfully deployed its considerable resources to ensure the rights which were under militantattack . these principles ensuring the law making the promise of equal justice under law real
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are the great principles upon which the department of justice was founded for which it must always stand. " today the priorities lie before us. a maturing racial equity in our justice system, meeting the evolving threat of violent extremism. if confirmed, those are the principles to which i will be devoted as attorney general. president-elect biden understands this. as he said today as he has publicly said before quote, it's not my justice department. it's the people justice department. he promised he chose to leave the department would have the quote, independent capacity to decide who gets prosecuted and who doesn't. vice president elect harris has also publicly stated quote, any decision of the
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justice department should be based on facts, should be based on law. it should not be based on politics, period . i could not agree more. and i would not have agreed to be considered for attorney general under any other conditions. so thank you both for giving me the opportunity to serve. >> mister president-elect.
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mount vice president elect. thank you for this opportunity to return to the department of justice to work alongside this incredible team. on behalf of the american people. i also want to thank my family. for the love and support and especially my parents. for their lessons, large and small. and what it means to live one's values. it's fair to say that i grew up in the justice department. it was my privilege for 15 years to serve that institution and to learn so much from its extraordinary people. to learn what it means to be a lawyer in public service. over the years i have worn many hats. as a career prosecutor, as a senior official in the fbi as
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a leader of the national security division. it was as an assistant us attorney i the justice department's values. i worked directly with communities victims of crime i felt the weight of a prosecutor's responsibility to ensure not that cases are one but that justice is done. each individual defendant's rights are protected. these experiences forged in the a reference for the department of justice as an institution. for its people, for his mission. for the enduring values that it represents. the protection of civil rights and civil liberties. safeguarding the public from rest of all kinds and upholding the rule of law.
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the mention of former attorney general edward lee calls to mind one of my earliest memories as a doj lawyer. my first job in the department was as counsel to janet rio. the first woman attorney general. a mentor to me a trailblazer. in the conference room outside her office she hung a portrait of ed leavy. attribute to his role in reaffirming the integrity and independence of the institution after one. and i think she hung the portrait as a testament of sorts to the fact that we are all temporary custodians of the institution. the story goes that when president ford asked leavy what he thought the department needed most, in those days of flying faith in institutions, leavy responded a soul.
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well, the soul of the justice department's lives in the integrity of his career professionals. in the independence of its investigations and prosecutions. in the principles it brings to bear as its stewards the ideal of justice inamerica . today, we are at another inflection point. some of the challenges we face are familiar. racial equality, the need for criminal justice reform. domestic terrorism threatsto public safety . some of the tasks are enduring like the importance of working closely with law enforcement to ensure public safety to build trust in our communities. some of the challenges are evolving like mounting cyber threats. i'm confident that the department of justice is up to all of these challenges.
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but what is most critical i think in the days ahead is not actually a challenge at all. but opportunity. for this team, and for the career professionals who make up the justice department to reaffirm its norms and traditions. to do justice without fear or favor. to keep the american people safe to do so always consistent with the rule aloft. if confirmed, it will be my honor to once again work alongside the women and men of the justice department as custodians of a remarkable and durable institution. mister president-elect, mount vice president elect, thank you the opportunity to return home to the department of justice.>> mister
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president-elect, mount vice president. i do for the opportunity to serve this nation. i want to thank my family and my parents who taught me early on the values that have led me tothe civil rights work public service . i am humbled and honored to return to the department of justice. it is an institution i love so dearly. to once again work alongside the exceptional women and men who every day. the constitution, enforce our federal laws that seek to create a more perfect union with the integrity and without political interference. there are many agencies in
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the federal government actually only one that bears the name of the value. by virtue of that name, value of justice, we know the department carries a unique chart at northstar. at its best, it is the keeper of a sacred promise. the promise of equal justice for all. that no one is above the law. and when it's promise is pursued with their, and brings light to our nation serves as he the world. when abandoned, we degrade our democracy so the division that we come to know all too well. the first time i felt the absence of that promise was a four-year-old child, one of my earliest memories ..
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it also reminded us that our values and our constitution and our democracy these do not protect themselves and it is people with courage to do that. i am honored to return to a department that i know it will push every day for justice, accountability and equality under the law. it will not be enough to restore what has been undermined or lost. at this moment it demands old leadership and the department of justice, as it has done throughout its storied history will have to uncover and reckon with her truth, whole people, companies and institutions accountable to our constitution and laws try to change where
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there is injustice and heal a nation that is starving for leadership and decency and hope. now is the time to ensure that our economic system works for everyone and that we can protect the health and safety of all of the american people and that we will harness all of the justice department's levers for civil rights, justice and police reform and climate justice and so much more. as the late congressman john lewis said democracy is not a state but an act i pledge to the american people that if confirmed i will act for justice every day and i pledge that to you president-elect and i pledge that to you by's president-elect. i am honored deeply honored for the chance to work together with activists for justice and with law enforcement and with extraordinary team and so humbled to serve in with the incredible women and men at the justice department to strengthen our democracy and to make equal justice under law for real
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promise for all. thank you so much for this opportunity. >> mr. president-elect, madam vice president elect it is an honor and a privilege to be nominated to return to the department of justice and serve the american people at this critical moment in our democra democracy. i am humbled and exceedingly proud to join the remarkable team that you have put together to pursue the urgent, timeless cause of equal justice under l law. i stand here today deeply
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inspired by the example of the late thurgood marshall, constance motley and other public servants who dedicated their lives to advancing the cause of justice. we are at a crossroads in im or if i am fortunate enough to be confirmed we will turn the page on eight and close the door on discrimination by enforcing our federal civil rights laws. growing up in brooklyn, new york my parents instilled in me an unrelenting belief in the principles of hard work and respect for the dignity and humanity of all people and i am deeply thankful for the trail that might parents blazed in today i am thinking about the pride that i know my mother
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pansy and my brother troy and my sister karen and my partner are feeling as i take on this challenging new opportunity. as a mom myself now i see the future of america through the eyes of my son and honestly, at times i am worried. will he have full and equal access to the extraordinary opportunities of american life and will he be able to embrace those opportunities in safety and dignity and will all of americans children, every parent lays awake some nights asking these same questions and i know my own parents did and i was fortunate to benefit from amazing educational opportunities and plenty of lucky breaks that opened doors for me but i know then as i know today that not everyone is blessed with the opportunities that i enjoyed and that
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awareness has animated night life's work and it is what brought me to the department of justice or i started my career and what brings me back for this homecoming today. the department and especially the civil rights division has always occupied a special place in my heart and the clarion call of equal justice under law is what binds us together as a nation and now it is my honor to return to work alongside the dedicated career professionals who give of themselves every day to make that principal real and in the lives of families like mine and in my life and in the lives of all our sons and daughters, i know the passion and fearlessnes fearlessness the president-elect and the vice president elect bring to the work before us and to restore
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justice and to heal our nation and to move us closer to that ideal of equal justice and i am humbled, honored and eager to work with them and with this team. thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve my country as a member of your administration. >> one of the fundamental principles on which america's democracy rests is the principal as sacred as the civic value can be his fidelity to the rule of
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law. in times of stability that principal can seem abstract like something out of a legal textbook that is not relevant to our daily lives but in times of a people we come to realize and to appreciate just how vital the rule of law truly is and what we saw yesterday in our nations capital was as the president-elect has called it an assault on the rule of law. it has no place in our democra democracy. i believe we must act ourselves to questions about what happened yesterday and what went wrong and how do we make it right. i believe the answer require us to recognize that the challenge we are facing in our country is
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about more than the actions of the few we watched yesterday. it is about how to reform and how to transform a justice system that does not work equally for all. a justice system that is experienced differently depending on whether you are white or black. a justice system that is experienced differently if you are rich or poor. a justice system that is different depending on whether your job requires you to take a shower before you go to work or requires you to take a shower when you come home after work. we witnessed two systems of justice when we saw one that let extremists storm the united states capital and another that
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released teargas on peaceful protesters last summer. the american people have expressed rightly outraged. we know this is unacceptable we know we should be better than this. the promise of our country is that all people will be treated equally and that is what the rule of law is supposed to be about. that is what the ideal of equal justice under law is all about. like everyone here, i've dedicated my career to helping uphold those principles or attempting to uphold those principles into helping build a more just and equal america whether it's a san francisco
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district attorney or california attorney general or united states senator. that is what i have pledge to the president-elect that i will do as vice president. the public servants we are announcing today have also dedicated themselves to building a more just and equal america. the roles they will assume are some of the most important in our country and especially right now. they will be responsible for pursuing justice and ensuring that all americans are treated equally and they will be the guardians of our justice system they will have the power to enforce our laws in a more fair and more humane manner while also holding those who violate the law accountable whether they be ordinary citizens or law enforcement. they will help protect the
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rights of every voter in our country no matter what their background or where they live and they will restore integrity and independence to the department of justice and rebuild the american people's trust and that most sacred institution. i know they will do this because these nominees have the experience, judgment and moral compass that these roles demand as well as an abiding commitment to supporting and defending the constitution of the united states of america. for many centuries the eye deal of justice has been symbolized as a woman blindfolded with the scale in her hand and there is a reason the eyes of that lady justice are covered and it is because our belief and what a system of justice is says that
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it should not depend, justice should not depend on how you look in on the color of your skin and on how much money you make. it should not depend on where you were born or the language your grandmother speaks or what political party you belong to. justice should be impartial and it should be fair and it should be applied equally. president-elect biden and i along with his incredible team will help to make sure it is by restoring and strengthening the rule of law that has always been and always will be the bedrock of america's democracy. thank you, mr. president-elect. >> should donald trump be prosecuted for inciting a riot?
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