Biden confirms the selection of Merrick Garland as Attorney General
President-elect Joe Biden confirmed Thursday that he will be appointed attorney general and attorney general, who was rejected by the Supreme Court five years ago by Republicans.
Garland, who is a judge on the Court of Appeals, is recognized as a moderate liberal and has no affiliation with any political party.
However, Republican senators blocked him for eight months in 2016, when then-President Barack Obama demanded that he be appointed to the Supreme Court, allowing President Donald Trump to appoint a conservative judge to fill the vacancy next year.
Garland and other key judicial officials will be introduced by Biden on Thursday, the presidential election change committee said in a statement.
Garland, 68, has long worked as a lawyer in the private sector and was a former attorney general.
In 1993 he was appointed Assistant Attorney General in the Judiciary, where he handled serious national security cases, including the Oklahoma City bombings and the Atlanta-96 Olympics.
President Bill Clinton nominated him to the Washington Court of Appeals in 1997, and he received widespread support from Democratic and Republican senators in his affirmation.
He became the Chief Justice of that court in 2013n March 2016 Obama elected him to the Supreme Court After the death of Antonin Scalia. But that appointment did not prosper.
His new nominee should not face any major difficulties in the Senate, where Democrats now have a slim majority and he will win the support of Republicans.