WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Kristen Clarke, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division, told lawmakers on Wednesday she does not support defunding the police, and she pledged to work closely with law enforcement to find common ground.
FILE PHOTO: Kristen Clarke, U.S. President Joe Biden's nominee to be assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, speaks as Biden announces his Justice Department nominees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 7, 2021.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque“I do not support defunding the police,” she said in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing.
“I can assure this committee that if confirmed, I will bring along experience that I have of working to find common ground with law enforcement to this role,” she said.
Clarke, a former Justice Department civil rights attorney who recently led the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, appeared for her confirmation hearing along with Todd Kim, the administration’s pick for assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
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