U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland is reportedly one of several persons under consideration to serve as the attorney general for the next Democratic administration.
NPR reported the development on Friday morning, citing “two people closely following the process,” but did not provide additional information.
Judge Merrick Garland is under consideration to serve as attorney general in the Biden administration, NPR has learned from two people closely following the process.https://t.co/UTzuhHEWWe
— NPR (@NPR) November 20, 2020
Garland, 68, previously worked at the Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, DC, and as a deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s criminal division under the Bill Clinton administration. He later served as the chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he continues to serves on the court as a judge.
Back in 2016, then-President Barack Obama nominated Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia,