Merrick Garland is a name often brought up whenever Republicans try to blame Democrats for obstructing anything they want to do. Garland, the widely respected former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, was nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. But despite his qualifications and a history of support from conservatives, Senate Republicans denied Garland even a hearing for the post, and he quietly returned to his job on what’s considered the second most important court in the nation. Garland was invoked repeatedly during the Republicans’ rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, but those complaints fell on deaf ears as Senate Republicans (some of whom had promised to not do exactly what they were doing) jammed her through, perhaps in case she was needed to help settle any election disputes.
Now President-Elect Joe Biden just might be able to give Garland the vindication his supporters have been hoping for, with the added bonus of sticking it to the members of the GOP who obstructed his nomination process, by appointing him Attorney General.
Garland’s name is on a very short list of contenders for the AG role, which also reportedly includes former Obama deputy attorney general Sally Yates; former civil rights chief Deval Patrick, and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, among others.
If he could be enticed to leave his lifetime-tenured appointment on the federal bench, Garland could be a key player in restoring the American peoples’ faith in the Department of Justice, which has taken a severe hit to its credibility thanks to the questionable actions of Bill Barr.
I know there’s a ton of Merrick Garland stans, but the only way this happens is if Democrats win Georgia and they can replace him in the D.C. Circuit.
Otherwise, Mitch McConnell would never allow Joe Biden to refill that seat. https://t.co/cECdgdrBcM
— Cristian Farias (@cristianafarias) November 20, 2020
The Biden-Harris Transition team has already announced several key White House Senior Staff that have been filled, and Biden has also said he’s chosen his Treasury Secretary, whom will be announced after Thanksgiving.