Biden To Nominate Judge Merrick Garland For Attorney General

Judge Merrick Garland
Judge Merrick Garland (photo: Public Domain)

Politico is reporting President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Judge Merrick Garland for U.S. Attorney General.

Biden selected Garland over former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, choosing to elevate the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals in D.C. to run the Justice Department.

In a Republican-controlled Senate, Jones was viewed as the easiest candidate to get confirmed given his strong relationships across the aisle. Garland was also considered a risk in that it would be difficult to confirm a replacement for him on the appellate court.

But with Democrats expected to have won the majority with a pair of upset victories in Georgia, confirmation issues with other candidates largely dissipated. The announcement of the selection could come as early as Thursday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told reporters on Wednesday.

You’ll recall President Obama nominated Garland to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but Senate Republicans refused to give him a hearing or a vote.