Merrick Garland is reportedly one of Biden's attorney general candidates
Judge Merrick Garland is scheduled to serve as attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Garland, the federal appeals judge appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama, is one of the candidates Biden is considering for the position of attorney general, NPR reported Friday.
Obama nominated Garland in 2016 to fill the Supreme Court seat open after Justice Antonin Scalia died, but Senate Republicans did not hold a confirmation hearing for him, arguing that a new Supreme Court Justice would not be appointed during an election year should be. Senate Republicans later confirmed President Trump-nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Supreme Court during an election year of 2020, claiming that the situation was different in the latter case, as this time the same party controlled both the Senate and the presidency. Garland was formerly chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Potential candidates for the attorney general position in Biden's administration include Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) And former Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates, according to CBS News. However, CBS also reports that when asked who will choose Biden for this position, "it will likely remain unanswered for several weeks".
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