US president-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, who was once president Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, to serve as the next US attorney general, a Biden transition official says.
Garland serves as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Obama, a Democrat, nominated him to the Supreme Court while Biden was vice president, but the Republican-controlled US Senate refused to hold hearings on the nomination.
Garland, who has served on the federal appeals bench since 1997, is no stranger to the Justice Department.
Prior to becoming a judge, he worked as a federal prosecutor where he helped secure a conviction against Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
He was also on the team that helped secure a conviction of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry for cocaine possession.