Merrick Garland

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The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for attorney general this morning, Monday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. EST. Garland is the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and has deep ties to the Justice Department, where he served as a prosecutor decades ago. 

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President-elect Joe Biden is formally introducing his nominee for attorney general, Merrick Garland. The event follows a day of violence and an overnight session of Congress that ended in a final affirmation of Biden's election win. Watch the announcement live as it begins at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland will be nominated to serve as attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, NPR has learned from two sources familiar with the process.

Garland, 68, is the widely respected former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has deep roots inside the Justice Department, where he launched his career decades ago.

Veterans of the Justice Department are waiting with anticipation for President-elect Joe Biden to unveil his choice to serve as attorney general, a decision that has weighty consequences for civil rights and public confidence in the troubled department.

A prospective top Justice Department nominee is expected before Christmas, a transition spokesperson said Monday — a trajectory that would make the person last to be named among the "Big Four" Cabinet offices, together with the leaders of the Treasury, State and Defense departments.

Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland is under consideration to serve as attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, NPR has learned from two people closely following the process.

Garland, 68, is the widely respected former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He launched his career at the Justice Department decades ago.