President-to-be Joe Biden has selected Judge Merrick Garland as Secretary of Justice. That report news site Politico and news agency Reuters based on sources.
Garland, 68, has been a judge since 1997. Before that, he was a federal prosecutor in Washington during Bill Clinton’s presidency.
President Barack Obama nominated Garland to serve on the Supreme Court in 2016, but the Republican majority did not agree.
Garland may face cases brought against Donald Trump in his new job when Biden takes over the presidency in two weeks.
The post of justice minister is currently held by Jeff Rosen, who took over from Bill Barr after Christmas.
Trump’s loyal ally resigned after acknowledging he saw no evidence for the electoral fraud. Trump continues to complain about.