Washington, D.C. – Following President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement of major Justice Department nominations including Judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General, Lisa Monaco for Deputy Attorney General, Vanita Gupta for Associate Attorney General, and Kristen Clarke for Assistant Attorney General, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous released the following statement:
“There is an enormous amount of work to do to restore the Department of Justice to its role as a defender of the people’s rights and the Constitution, following years of its corruption at the hands of Donald Trump. Judge Garland will bring honesty, sincerity, a steady hand and a deep respect for the integrity of the Justice Department to the role. In addition, President-elect Biden has assembled an outstanding and diverse group of women to round out DOJ leadership and ensure the Department focuses critical attention on its role in advancing civil rights and racial justice. With his nominations of Lisa Monaco, Vanita Gupta, and Kristen Clarke, President-elect Biden has assembled a strong team that will provide the right leadership to guide the Justice Department forward and rebuild public trust at a time when it is sorely needed.”
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: https://www.pfaw.org.