WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden would nominate Merrick Garland, a seasoned federal judge for a District of Columbia appeals court, to serve as attorney general in his administration, according to NBC News sources.
Biden is expected to make his selection official on Thursday, where he would also announce other appointments to his administration.
Former President Barack Obama had nominated Garland in 2016 to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of Justice, but the Senate Republican majority refused to hold the hearing, arguing that the next president should choose. to Scalia’s replacement. President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Ketanji Brown Jackson, a district court judge in DC, would replace Garland’s vacant position once Garland takes office as attorney general, NBC News reported.
Garland is a seasoned judge who served as a prosecutor during the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing case.