President-elect Joe Biden has elected federal appeals judge Merrick Garland as the United States' next attorney general, a temporary officer has confirmed. Garland has served on the federal appeal bank since 1997, previously serving as federal attorney to secure the conviction of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh while serving with the Justice Department.
Garland is perhaps best known for the debacle that followed after he was nominated for the United States Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama. Garland's nomination came after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the court's most prominent Conservative voice. At the time, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), The Senate Majority Leader, refused to hold confirmatory hearings for Garland, arguing that the election should not be considered during an election year.
McConnell reversed course when President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election and eventually sat Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to secure a Conservative majority in court. McConnell rushed to confirm Barrett, particularly after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and ignored his previous testimony about the confirmation of a Supreme Court judge during an election year.
"Judge Garland is seen in a whole new light now," a Biden adviser told CNN.
Biden told reporters last month that he would not wait for the Georgia runoff results to make his decision for the attorney general.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.