Mike Lee breaks through Garland’s famed temperament during tense confirmation hearing exchange

Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland, famed for his even temperament, had a heated exchange with Sen. Mike Lee regarding the nomination of Kristen Clarke to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division.

“Would an individual’s past statements … as an adult, declaring that one racial group is superior to another, would statements like that be relevant to an evaluation of whether such a person should be put in charge of running the Department of Justice’s civil rights division?” Lee asked Garland during his confirmation hearing.

Clarke, who has been tapped to serve as assistant attorney general for civil rights, has faced criticism in recent weeks after a 1994
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