BREAKING: Biden to Nominate Merrick Garland As Attorney General
President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Merrick Garland as his attorney general, according to the Associated Press. Garland’s 2006 nomination for the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama was blocked by Republicans, principally Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Biden is expected to announce Garland’s appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general.
Garland was selected over other finalists including Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. The people familiar with the process spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity.
Garland has been on the federal appeals court in Washington since 1997. Before that, he had worked in private practice, as well as a federal prosecutor, a senior official in the Justice Department’s criminal division and as the principle associate deputy attorney general.