Biden confirms Merrick Garland as pick for attorney general

US President-elect Joe Biden confirms he will nominate Merrick Garland — a centrist judge that Republicans denied a seat on the Supreme Court five years ago — to be US attorney general.

Garland, a judge on the Washington federal appeals court, has a record as a moderate liberal and is not aligned with either political party.

Merrick Garland pays his respects for the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington, July 22, 2019, (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)