Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general
March 11, 2021
The Senate voted 70-30 on Wednesday to confirm Judge Merrick Garland as U.S. attorney general.
Why it matters: Garland takes over the Justice Department after a tumultuous four years under former President Trump, who frequently sought to politicize the law enforcement agency. The former Supreme Court nominee has pledged to make prosecuting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrectionists a top priority for the Justice Department.
• Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee last month that he will "supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol," as he did as a federal prosecutor investigating the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.