Biden’s Attorney General Upset Over Discrimination Accusations

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( – On Wednesday, Merrick Garland, the Attorney General appeared to be upset when asked about the Department of Justice engaging in possible religious discrimination. At the time, Garland stated that the suggestion that he supported discriminatory policies was “outrageous” especially when considering his family had to flee from religious persecution.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) had specifically questioned Garland during a House Judiciary Committee hearing about the withdrawn FBI memo which contained a warning about “radical traditionalist Catholic ideology.” In response, Garland noted that both he and the FBI director have repeatedly stated they were “appalled” by the memo and had not been part of the drafting process. He proceeded to argue that it was absurd to believe that someone with his family history would be discriminating against a different religion.

This is a reference to Garland’s family needing to flee from religious persecution and antisemitism for years following the Holocaust. During his remarks at the hearing, Garland became visibly upset while talking about some of his family members who did not manage to escape and were victims of the Holocaust. As he said, his grandmother along with two of her four siblings had managed to escape from modern-day Belarus and arrive in the United States at the start of the 20th century. The two siblings who did not flee were killed during the holocaust. He added that had it not been for America welcoming his grandmother this would have also been her future, but in the U.S. she was able to live without fearing persecution.

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