McConnell to Back Garland for Attorney General

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Posted: Feb 24, 2021 11:30 AM
McConnell to Back Garland for Attorney General

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) revealed on Tuesday that he will support the confirmation of Judge Merrick Garland to serve as Attorney General in the Biden administration. Garland currently serves as the chief judge for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I do,” McConnell told Politico when asked about supporting Garland’s confirmation. 

McConnell famously declined to hold a vote on Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2016, in the final days of the Obama administration, in hopes that Republicans would take back the White House and nominate a conservative to the high court. A high-risk political move, McConnell called his decision to keep the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia open "the most consequential thing" he had ever done.

McConnell’s support of Garland’s confirmation paves the way for approval by the Senate, and for Republicans to vote yes. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Garland's nomination on March 1, with a full vote to follow. Unlike other cabinet nominees selected by President Biden, Garland's confirmation appears to be likely, with bipartisan support.