President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland as U.S. attorney general, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Garland was previously nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States under former President Barack Obama in 2016 to replace Justice Antonin Scalia after he passed away. After Republicans blocked the nomination, Garland returned to his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which he has held since he was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1997.
If Jon Ossoff manages to pull out a victory in addition to Raphael Warnock’s in the Senate runoff race in Georgia, Democrats will take control of the upper chamber, providing an easy path for Garland’s confirmation.
In 2019, Biden forgot Garland’s name on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” requiring assistance from host Jimmy Kimmel to finish his sentence.
“Back when, when they were holding up before Trump got elected, they were holding up, uh, um, the nomination