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President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

“Judge Garland has earned bipartisan praise as one of the best appellate judges in the country – a brilliant, meticulous jurist with a reputation for building consensus,” said Obama in his introduction.

“He has dedicated his life to public service, choosing to serve our country and take on some of the most difficult and significant anti-terrorism cases in America’s history including prosecuting Timothy McVeigh in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.

“Beyond the courtroom, Judge Garland is a committed mentor and dedicated family man, advising hundreds of law clerks and tutoring elementary school kids in reading and math,” he added.

The White House shared a video in which Garland introduces himself and his family and speaks about his life and accomplishments.

“The rule of law is what distinguishes our country from many other countries,” Garland says. “And, people’s willingness to trust…that the law will treat them fairly.”

“Take a few minutes to watch this video and meet him for yourself,” wrote Obama for Facebook, where the video was posted. “I’m confident you will share my belief that Chief Judge Merrick Garland is not only eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but that he deserves a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote in the Senate. I have fulfilled my Constitutional duty. Now it’s time for the Senate to do theirs.”

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