Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general
March 19, 2021
WASHINGTON (JTA) - Some five years after being snubbed for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland is the new U.S. attorney general.
In a 70-30 vote Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Garland as the country's top law enforcer. He becomes the fifth Jewish member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet.
Twenty Republicans joined the Democrats in backing Garland, reflecting consensus support for the federal judge.
In 2016, when former President Barack Obama tapped Garland for the Supreme Court, Republicans had a Senate majority and refused to consider the nomination despite widespread pra...