5.21pm GMT

Joe Biden has selected federal judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to lead the justice department, according to multiple reports.

Politico reports:

Biden selected Garland over former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, choosing to elevate the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals in D.C. to run the Justice Department. …

In a Republican-controlled Senate, Jones was viewed as the easiest candidate to get confirmed given his strong relationships across the aisle. Garland was also considered a risk in that it would be difficult to confirm a replacement for him on the appellate court.

5.16pm GMT

Donald Trump is now speaking to attendees of the “March to Save America” rally in Washington, less than an hour before Congress will convene to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

The president reiterated his baseless claims of widespread fraud in the election, telling rally attendees, “We will never give up, we will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

“We will never give up, we will never concede,” President Trump tells supporters shortly before Congress meets to certify the electoral votes https://t.co/lj0GqgcN2x pic.twitter.com/L0NrPDpLbQ

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