Politico: Biden To Nominate Merrick Garland For U.S. Attorney General

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Merrick Garland was chosen by President Barack Obama for the Supreme Court but Republicans blocked the nomination.

Politico reports that Joe Biden has chosen Judge Merrick Garland to serve as his attorney general, citing two people familiar with the decision.

In 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, but his nomination languished in the GOP-controlled Senate at the end of the former president’s term. In recent weeks, Garland has been recusing himself from cases involving the federal government, fueling speculation that he was a leading candidate for the job.

The news outlet reported that Garland was “considered a risk in that it would be difficult to confirm a replacement for him on the appellate court”; however, “with Democrats expected to have won the majority with a pair of upset victories in Georgia, confirmation issues with other candidates largely dissipated.”

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