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US appeals court judge Merrick Garland on Monday choked up and became emotional while discussing his motivation for being a public servant.
At Garland’s confirmation hearing for attorney general before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey asked the judge to talk about why he wanted to serve in the role.
“One thing you said to me privately particularly motivated me to believe you when you talk about your aspirations,” Booker said. “I’m wondering if you can just conclude by talking — answering the question about your motivation and maybe some of your own family history in confronting hate and discrimination in American history.”
“Yes, senator,” Garland said, before pausing.
“I come from a family where my grandparents fled antisemitism and persecution,” he continued as he teared up. “The country took us in and protected us, and I feel an obligation to the country to pay back, and this is the highest, best use of my own set of skills to pay back.”
Garland added: “So I want very much to be the kind of attorney general that you’re saying I could become. I’ll do my best to try and be that kind of attorney general.”
Watch the exchange below:
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics