Biden to nominate Merrick Garland as his attorney general

Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was denied a confirmation hearing for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016 by a Republican-led Senate.

Merrick Garland walks into Federal District Court in Washington on Nov. 17, 2017.

AdChoiceTV News — President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Merrick Garland, the federal judge who Republicans denied a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, to serve as his attorney general, two sources familiar with the matter told AdChoiceTV News Wednesday.

News of Biden’s choice of Garland was first reported by Politico.

Garland, 68, has served as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997.

With Democrats expected to win a Senate majority after strong showings in both of Georgia’s runoff races, they would likely have an easier path in both confirming Garland as attorney general — and the nominee eventually named to replace him on the court.

Biden advisers have discussed Ketanji Brown Jackson, currently a judge on the U.S. District Court for D.C., to replace Garland on the D.C. Circuit court, a source familiar with the matter told AdChoiceTV News.

Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler Tuesday, AdChoiceTV News projected, while Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading Republican David Perdue in the remaining critical runoff election in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate and potentially the fate of Joe Biden’s presidency.

If Ossoff wins, Democrats will retake control of the chamber, meaning Republicans won’t be able to block Biden’s Cabinet appointments and judicial picks or as easily limit his legislative agenda.

AdChoiceTV News had reported last month that Biden has also been considering former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and Sally Yates, a former deputy attorney general to be his attorney general. — via Sean Tyler Chan / AdChoiceTV News

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