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Chairman Nadler Applauds Biden-Harris Day One Executive Action on Racial Equity

Washington, D.C. — Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ executive action on racial equity:

“I applaud President Biden and Vice President Harris for taking a bold step on their first day in office to address racial inequality in our country. This executive order lays the groundwork to fight systemic racism that has permeated through every sector of public life and through policies that help some and leave those most in need behind. Every person in this country deserves to be treated fairly, to have access to a quality education and jobs, and to have a fair shot at achieving the American Dream. This Congress, the House Judiciary Committee will work to protect and strengthen civil rights, to advance police reform and criminal justice reform, and to explore policies of reparatory justice to ensure fair treatment of people of color and other marginalized communities. …


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Nadler & Lofgren Statement on President Biden’s Day One Immigration Actions

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, most recent Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship* issued the following statement applauding President Biden’s day one actions on immigration, including his bold vision for immigration reform and executive actions that repeal Trump’s Muslim Ban, interior enforcement order, and exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the census, halt construction of the border wall, and preserve protections for DACA recipients and certain Liberian nationals:

“In taking these actions and releasing a legislative proposal on the first day of his presidency, President Biden has declared to the world his intent to return America to its roots and restore its reputation as an inclusive and welcoming nation. Over the course of his administration, President Trump imposed unimaginable hardships on families and restricted economic growth through the implementation of hundreds of xenophobic policies, many of which were fortunately struck down as unlawful by the courts.” …


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Judiciary and Oversight Chairs Issue Statement on IG Report on Trump’s Heinous Child Separation Policy

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, and Rep. Jamie Raskin issued the following statement in response to a new report from the Department of Justice Inspector General entitled, “Review of the Department of Justice’s Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and Its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services”:

“Today’s report sheds new light on the chaos, cruelty, and reckless disregard for vulnerable children in our nation’s custody. Our Committees and multiple independent Inspectors General have now uncovered shocking evidence that the Trump Administration sought to intentionally harm children and families as a deterrent to migration, and did not care to plan for the consequences.


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Washington, D.C. — Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following statement on the House floor in support of H.Res. 24, An Article of Impeachment Charging President Trump with Incitement of Insurrection:

“Madam Speaker, we all saw it coming.

“Months in advance, President Trump was baselessly, and deliberately, whipping his supporters into a frenzy.

“Weeks before the riot, he used his bully pulpit to spread lies about the election. He told his supporters that the results were fraudulent. He implored them, again and again, to help him stay in power. …


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Chairman Nadler Statement on President-Elect Biden’s Department of Justice Nominees

Washington, D.C. — Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on President-Elect Joe Biden nominating Judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General; Lisa Monaco for Deputy Attorney General; Vanita Gupta for Associate Attorney General; and Kristen Clarke for Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division:

“I want to congratulate the slate of nominees announced by President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to lead the Department of Justice (DOJ). …


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Washington, D.C. — Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) issued the following statement:

“I support the immediate impeachment of the President and his removal from office.

“Since taking office, President Trump has encouraged violence against the citizens of this country whenever it serves his selfish interests — when white supremacists marched on Charlottesville, when he forcibly removed peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square, when he told the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by,’ when gunmen stormed the Michigan State Capitol, and yesterday, when he ordered his supporters to ‘walk down to the Capitol.’

“In selfish refusal to accept his electoral defeat, President Trump only ratcheted up his rhetoric. His supporters were told to reject the results of the election. They were told to be strong. They were told to stand by. The President called his supporters to Washington, D.C. and told them to go to the Capitol itself. Unsurprisingly, these seditious calls to action by a desperate man and his allies achieved their intended result — violent insurrection. Donald Trump lit the match, and his allies and enablers fanned the flames of rebellion. …


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“From misleading the American public about the Mueller report to his dangerous efforts to overturn COVID safety measures, from his callous disregard for civil rights to his rampant politicization of the Justice Department, William Barr was willing to do the President’s bidding on every front but one. Barr refused to play along with President Trump’s nonsensical claims to have won the election. He is now out as Attorney General one month early.

“In 37 days, President-Elect Biden will be sworn into office. Whomever Joe Biden chooses as the new Attorney General will have a tremendous amount of work to do to repair the integrity of the Department of Justice — and I, for one, look forward to being a partner in that project. The work must begin without delay.”


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Chairman Nadler Statement on Appointment of U.S. Attorney John Durham as Special Counsel

Washington, D.C. –Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) issued the following statement on Attorney General William Barr’s appointment of U.S. attorney John Durham as a special counsel:

“This order only further erodes the credibility of the Justice Department under Attorney General Barr’s tenure. On its face, this appointment appears to violate the Department’s own regulations — which stipulate, among other requirements, that ‘the Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government.’ The sitting U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut is simply not eligible for the job. …


“Further delay in providing the Biden-Harris transition team the resources and access typical of any transition risks serious adverse consequences for both national security and domestic policy.”

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Chairman Nadler to GSA: Perform Your Duty and Ensure Peaceful Transition of Power

Washington, D.C. –Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to General Services Administrator Emily W. Murphy calling on the Administrator to produce the ascertainment of President-Elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris and to allow the Biden-Harris transition team to receive proper briefings from the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

In his letter, the Chairman wrote, “It is imperative that the Departments and agencies are permitted to begin briefing the transition team on a variety of issues — including, but not limited to, matters related to ongoing foreign and domestic terrorism investigations; the backlog of immigration enforcement actions due to the pandemic and the zero tolerance policy; the spread of COVID-19 throughout the federal penitentiary system; and various ongoing criminal and civil investigations (such as investigations regarding the technology industry). It is also critical that the FBI, which is responsible for conducting background checks, be immediately freed up to assist the transition. It is no understatement to assert that further delays in performing your statutory duty of ascertainment will have a dangerous, if not life threatening, impact on the ability of the Biden Administration to respond to terrorist threats, reunite families separated at the border, limit the spread of COVID-19, and safeguard competition and consumer welfare, among other concerns.”


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Chairman Nadler Statement on AG Barr Authorizing DOJ Probe of Election Fraud Without Credible Evidence

Washington, D.C. –Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) issued the following statement after Attorney General William Barr authorized federal prosecutors to examine allegations of voting irregularities, despite no evidence of widespread fraud existing:

“Attorney General Barr’s memo is both flawed and deeply disturbing. It is unlikely to open new legal avenues for the Trump campaign, but speaks to Barr’s dangerous and irresponsible impulse to pander to the President’s worst instincts. The Department of Justice cannot open an investigation into election fraud or any other crime without a proper basis in evidence. …

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