President-elect says federal judge will restore ‘integrity and independence’ to role

President-elect Joe Biden formally selected Merrick Garland to be his attorney general on Thursday, tasking the long-serving jurist with the responsibility of restoring “the honor, the integrity, the independence” of a beleaguered justice department.

Speaking a day after a violent mob stormed the US Capitol, Biden said Garland, whose 2016 supreme court nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans, would be the “people’s lawyer”, drawing a sharp contrast with the way Donald Trump interpreted the job.

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