Merrick Garland Confirmed As Attorney General In 70-30 Vote

Judge Merrick Garland
Judge Merrick Garland (photo: public domain)

Five years after he was denied a hearing for his nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as President Biden’s Attorney General.

The New York Times reports:

The Senate voted to confirm Merrick B. Garland on Wednesday to serve as attorney general, giving the former prosecutor and widely respected federal judge the task of leading the Justice Department at a time when the nation faces domestic extremist threats and a reckoning over civil rights.

Mr. Garland was confirmed 70-30 by senators, with 20 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in supporting him. He is expected to be sworn in at the Justice Department on Thursday.

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