Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s pick for attorney general, received glowing remarks from one of the Republican witnesses at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday: former Clinton special prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
Starr, one of the five witnesses testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Garland, sang the praises of the DC circuit court judge while acknowledging the difficulties of the job.
“I’d like to focus very briefly on leadership and the universal respect that the judge garnered during his years as chief judge of the DC Circuit,” the prosecutor-turned-Fox News contributor said.
“He was not only viewed, as he is, as a superb jurist, but he was a superb leader of the court. A leader who listened carefully to his colleagues and who treated all persons in the court family with dignity and respect.”
While discussing the challenges that face an attorney general, Starr noted that Garland will need to make tough calls on tough issues.
“It’s a hard job.