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Biden to tap Merrick Garland for attorney general

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/06/21, 06:09 pm

Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings when President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for a vacant Supreme Court seat in 2016. President-elect Joe Biden plans to announce on Thursday he has picked Garland to lead the Justice Department as attorney general.

What is Garland’s background? He serves as a federal appeals court judge and previously held senior positions at the Justice Department. He supervised the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh, the 1995 Oklahoma City bomber. He has served under presidents of both political parties.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Emily Belz’s report on the stalled attempt to get Garland on the Supreme Court.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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