Andrew Harnik / APMerrick Garland pays his respects for the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2019. (Andrew Harnik / AP)
Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge and a former nominee for the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday.
Garland held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Biden is expected to announce Garland’s appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general.
He will also name an assistant attorney general for civil rights, Kristen Clarke, the founder of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil