Garland was the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit until his seven-year term ended in February 2020 and continues to be a circuit judge, a position he has held since 1997.
A new report says that Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland (center with Joe Biden, left, and Barack Obama, right) is on President-elect Biden’s short list for Attorney General
During his legal career, he oversaw the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombings.
Garland went on to make headlines in 2016, when President Obama nominated him to serve on the US Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
However, Senate Republicans – led by Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell – refused to allow Garland a hearing for the position, claiming that Obama should not be able to appoint a justice, as it should be left to the next president to do so.
Garland’s nomination period expired on January 3, 2017. At the end of the month – just days after being sworn in, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for the empty justice position.
Biden (left) is said to be considering Garland for the position, along with other candidates. Obama nominated Garland for a vacant Supreme Court position, but Senate Republicans refused to allow any hearings to take place. Garland and Obama are pictured in 2016
Gorsuch’s nomination was confirmed by the Republican-led Senate on April 7, 2017.
Garland’s supporters told NPR that they hoped Garland could help restore confidence in the Justice Department following the chaos seen under the Trump administration.
Garland is said to be on Biden’s short list for the attorney general position, which is said to include former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates – who Trump fired as acting attorney general in January 2017 during the Muslim Ban debacle – former civil rights chief and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former prosecutor Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama.
Biden’s transition team has not commented on any attorney general position decisions.