Biden to introduce Garland as attorney general, other top DOJ nominees

Biden to introduce Garland as attorney general, other top DOJ nominees
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE on Thursday formally announced plans to nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Bad week in Trumpland signals hope for American democracy Threats of violence spark fear of election worker exodus MORE as attorney general and unveiled the names of three additional nominees to top positions at the Department of Justice.

Biden intends to nominate veteran prosecutor Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general; Vanita Gupta, an experienced civil rights attorney, as associate attorney general; and Kristen ClarkeKristen ClarkeDepartment of Justice sues Georgia over voting law Watch live: Garland, Clarke hold press conference announcing voting rights action Pavlich: Biden can't ignore defund the police contributions to violent crime spike MORE as assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris and our shameless politics Pelosi: House Democrats 'ready to work with' Biden on eviction ban Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup MORE will introduce the nominees during an event later Thursday, according to the transition team.

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Biden described the four individuals as “first-rate nominees” who would restore independence at the Justice Department.

“Our first-rate nominees to lead the Justice Department are eminently qualified, embody character and judgment that is beyond reproach, and have devoted their careers to serving the American people with honor and integrity,” Biden said in a statement.

“They will restore the independence of the Department so it serves the interests of the people not a presidency, rebuild public trust in the rule of law, and work tirelessly to ensure a more fair and equitable justice system,” he continued.

Then-President Obama selected Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016 to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates McConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal Top House Democrat says party would lose elections if they were held today: report MORE (R-Ky.) never allowed a vote on his nomination. Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchNo reason to pack the court Democrats under new pressure to break voting rights stalemate Trump 'very disappointed' in Kavanaugh votes: 'Where would he be without me?' MORE ultimately took the seat in 2017. The Hill and other news outlets reported Biden's intention to nominate Garland as attorney general on Wednesday. 

Monaco served as homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to Obama and before that filled high-level roles at the Justice Department, including assistant attorney general for national security.

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Gupta served as acting assistant attorney general for the civil rights division at the Justice Department under Obama. She is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Clarke is the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and served as head of the civil rights bureau of the New York state attorney general’s office.

Biden, who will be inaugurated in less than two weeks, now has only a few remaining Cabinet nominees to announce.