President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Department of Justice, Lisa Monaco for deputy attorney general, Kristen Clarke for assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, Vanita Gupta for associate attorney general and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speak on reestablishing the rule of law and equality under the law and Wednesday's D.C. mob.
- What is most critical, I think, in the days ahead is not actually a challenge at all, but an opportunity for this team and for the career professionals who make up the Justice Department to reaffirm its norms and traditions, to do justice without fear or favor, to keep the American people safe, and to do so always consistent with the rule of law.
- Yesterday's horrific events at the Capitol reminded us that our democracy cannot be taken for granted, that our nation has a long history of disinformation, white supremacist violence, mob violence. It also reminded us that our values, and our Constitution, and our democracy-- these do not protect themselves. It is people with courage who do that. And I am honored to return to a department that I know will push every day for justice, accountability, and equality under the law.
It will not be enough to restore what has been undermined or lost. This moment demands bold leadership.
KAMALA HARRIS: We witnessed two systems of justice, when we saw one that let extremists stormed the United States Capitol, and another that released tear gas on peaceful protesters last summer. The American people have expressed, rightly, outrage. We know this is unacceptable. We know we should be better than this.
The promise of our country is that all people will be treated equally. That's what the rule of law is supposed to be about. That's what the ideal of equal justice under law is all about.
- We are at a crossroads. If I'm fortunate enough to be confirmed, we will turn the page on hate and close the door on discrimination by enforcing our federal civil rights laws.