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Key things to know about Merrick Garland, Biden's attorney general nominee

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, will testify this morning before the the Senate Judiciary Committee.

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

From CNN's  Paul LeBlanc

President Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, will testify this morning before the the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Biden tapped Garland for the post last month.

But Republicans, led by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, refused for months to hold confirmation hearings or the required vote in the chamber.

When former President Trump took office, Garland's nomination expired and he returned to his position as chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

The court is charged with reviewing challenges to administrative agencies.

Former President Bill Clinton had appointed him to the court in 1997.

Garland also led the investigations of the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta, in which two people died and more than 100 others were injured.

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