Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General.
“The next Attorney General faces the difficult challenge of restoring America’s faith in the DOJ after the previous administration politicized the Department’s work. As a highly-respected jurist with more than two decades of service on the federal bench, including nearly a decade as chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court, Judge Garland, I believe, is up to the task,” said Luján. “Furthermore, I appreciated the judge’s unequivocal statement during his confirmation hearing that the Attorney General is not the ‘president’s lawyer’ but instead serves the American people. I look forward to working with him to ensure that the Department defends the rights of every American.”