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Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report

Federal appeals court Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandThe five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight McConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report MORE is among the names President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE is considering to serve as attorney general in his administration, two people closely following the process told NPR

Garland was thrust into the spotlight in 2016 after he was nominated by former President Obama to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans never held a confirmation hearing for Garland.  

Garland was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1997, and served as its chief justice from February 2013 to February 2020. 

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Prior to being a judge, Garland oversaw the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, NPR notes, and gained plenty of management experience inside the Justice Department in the 1990s. 

Supporters of Garland told NPR that he could restore public confidence in the Justice Department after a chaotic period under the Trump administration during which the president repeatedly attacked federal prosecutors and FBI agents. 

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrList of Republicans breaking with Trump grows longer Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly Trump rants against election results for 46 minutes in new video post MORE, who came under fire for intervening in politically charged cases, asserted in a speech earlier this year that “all prosecutorial power is invested in the attorney general.” 

Others in consideration for the position include former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesThe case against Sally Yates Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks MORE, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickBlack leaders express concerns about representation in Biden administration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report MORE (D) and Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who recently lost reelection to his senate seat to GOP Challenger Tommy Tuberville. 

The Hill has reached out to Biden’s transition team for comment.