Merrick Garland

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Merrick Garland confirmed as US Attorney General by Senate
Garland with Biden and Obama in 2016
Garland with Biden and Obama in 2016 Credit: Chuck Kennedy for The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The United States Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee US Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General with a 70-30 vote. Garland, who was previously nominated for the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama, will oversee the US Department of Justice.

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Biden announces DOJ nominees; nominates Merrick Garland as Attorney General
Biden announces DOJ nominees; nominates Merrick Garland as Attorney General
Credit: @JoeBiden via Twitter

President-elect Joe Biden has announced his nominees for the Department of Justice on Thursday. He has nominated Merrick Garland – the jurist once nominated for the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama whose appointment the Republicans prevented by bending the Constitution – as his pick for attorney general.

Biden also nominated:

  • Obama administration homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general
  • Former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general
  • Kristen Clarke as assistant attorney general for civil rights
  • Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor Secretary