Merrick Garland: Ex-Supreme Court nominee tapped for attorney general

Sun Online Desk

7th January, 2021 09:40:32 printer


Merrick Garland: Ex-Supreme Court nominee tapped for attorney general

US President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for attorney general, US media report.

In 2016, then President Barack Obama nominated Mr Garland to the US Supreme Court but Republican senators refused to hold a vote on his nomination.

Mr Garland, 68, is currently the chief judge of the Washington appeals court.

He previously worked in the Department of Justice during the Clinton administration, where he oversaw several high-profile prosecutions.

Mr Garland was selected to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia by Mr Obama, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a confirmation vote to occur, effectively blocking his nomination.

At the time, Mr McConnell said the next justice should be chosen after the 2016 presidential election, which was eight months away, BBC reported.


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