Merrick Garland Confirmed as U.S. Attorney General After Senate Confirmation 70-30 Vote

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Garland wins bipartisan support

Judge Merrick Garland won bipartisan support on Wednesday during his Senate confirmation vote and will be the next U.S. attorney general after the Senate voted 70-30 approval. (C-Span Image)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Judge Merrick Garland won bipartisan support on Wednesday during his Senate confirmation vote and will be the next U.S. attorney general after the Senate voted 70-30 approval.

“I agree that Judge Garland has the temperament and the qualifications for the job of attorney general. As I said, I was impressed by his humility and his humanity, and I intend to support his nomination,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said at the committee vote. “But I must express some concerns because I hope we’re not headed toward another Obama-Holder Justice Department take two.”

Garland’s experience with the DOJ goes back to 1979 when he began as a special assistant attorney general and held the position until 1981.

He then served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1989 to 1992 before becoming a deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s criminal division from 1993 to 1994.

Garland was principal associate deputy attorney general under Attorney General Janet Reno (1994-1997), and in that role he led a prosecution team following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Garland is well-known after his unsuccessful Supreme Court nomination in 2016 by then-President Obama.

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