President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveils candidates for key positions in the Justice Department. For the post of attorney general, he plans to nominate the judge of the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Merrick Garland.
According to Biden’s transition team, former internal security adviser Lisa Monaco will be nominated for the post of deputy attorney general, Vanita Gupta for the post of assistant attorney general, and Kristen Clarke will head the department of human rights.
The transition team said in a statement that the appointments reflect Biden’s commitment to “re-establishing the Justice Department as a stronghold of independence and impartiality,” and to ensure that the department’s leadership serves the interests of the entire American people.
“These longtime Justice Department executives will revive American faith in the rule of law and will work tirelessly to build a fairer justice system,” the statement said.
Garland’s appointment will have to be approved by the Senate. In 2016, Barack Obama nominated him for the post of a Supreme Court judge, but senators refused to consider him in connection with the upcoming presidential elections, saying that a new president should choose a judge.
Garland, 68, spent 23 years as an appellate judge in Washington, and before that held senior positions in the Justice Department, including overseeing the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.