President-elect Joe Biden announced that he would nominate Judge Merrick Garland as his attorney general.
“Our first-rate nominees to lead the Justice Department are eminently qualified, embody character and judgment that is beyond reproach, and have devoted their careers to serving the American people with honor and integrity,” Biden said in a statement. “They will restore the independence of the Department, so it serves the interests of the people not a presidency, rebuild public trust in the rule of law, and work tirelessly to ensure a more fair and equitable justice system.”
“They are among the most accomplished legal minds in our country who also reflect the best of American’s full range of talents and background. I am honored they accepted this call to serve at such a critical time in our nation’s history,” Biden said.
In 2016, Garland was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. Since 1997, Garland has served on the D.C. Circuit. Garland has also served as the court’s chief judge, a special assistant attorney general, a deputy assistant attorney general, and a principal associate deputy attorney general.
Lisa Monaco, a prosecutor, was nominated by President-elect Biden to serve as deputy attorney general.
Vanita Gupta was also nominated as an associate attorney general. Gupta has a background in civil rights and was the first woman of color to serve as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.
Kristen Clarke was nominated to serve as assistant attorney general for civil rights.