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Merrick Garland not interested in becoming FBI chief: reports

Merrick Garland not interested in becoming FBI chief: reports
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Judge Merrick Garland is reportedly not interested in replacing former FBI Director James Comey, despite his name being floated by some members of Congress.

Two friends of Garland told a reporter from NPR that Garland "loves being a judge and he intends to remain on the bench."

Sources also told a reporter from CNN that Garland does not want to lead the FBI.

Garland, the chief judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals who was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris: 'Of course I will' take COVID-19 vaccine Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter encourage people to take COVID-19 vaccine George Clooney says Amal beat him and Obama in a free throw contest MORE, has been talked about in recent days as a surprising possible candidate for FBI director after Trump's abrupt firing of Comey last week.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday threw his support behind naming Garland to replace Comey.

"It may surprise people, but he has a deep background in criminal law, he was the prosecutor in the Oklahoma City bombing case and I think it would make it clear that President Trump will continue the tradition at the FBI of having an apolitical professional," McConnell said during an appearance on Bloomberg.

Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court was thwarted when Senate Republicans refused to consider it last year.