US President-elect Joe Biden wants to appoint federal judge Merrick Garland as his attorney general. Garland starred in a political riot in 2016 when Senate Republicans refused to cooperate in his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Biden’s team confirmed on Thursday that Garland is being pushed forward for the essential ministerial post. That came as no surprise. The news has already leaked through various American media.
This has already led to a positive response from the Republican camp. Senator Lindsey Graham called Garland “with integrity” and “tremendously competent in the legal field.”
Biden previously served as vice president when Barack Obama tried to appoint Garland to the highest US court. He did not get that nomination through the Senate, where the Republicans then had a majority.
They refused to accept the nomination in an election year. They felt that a future president should have the final say on this.
That riot still casts a shadow over the relationship between Republicans and Democrats. Biden’s party members complained of hypocrisy when their political rivals arranged the succession of late high judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was known for being progressive, just before the 2020 election.