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

Federal appeals court Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandMurkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Judiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination Watch live: Senate panel votes on Biden's attorney general nominee MORE is among the names President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report 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. 


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 BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report 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 YatesBiden directs DOJ to phase out use of private prisons The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC Biden to name Merrick Garland for attorney general MORE, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Biden faces pressure to take action on racial justice issues Biden selects Susan Rice to lead Domestic Policy Council, McDonough for Veterans Affairs 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.