Transcript for By the Numbers: Judge Merrick Garland’s life and career
Welcome back everybody now take a closer look behind the numbers it Biden's nomination of judge Merrick Garland for US attorney general he could soon be leading the investigation into the siege on the capital deciding whether to pursue. Prosecutions. Of trump. Re imagining racial justice and so much more. For 23 years Garland has been a federal judge in the nation's second highest court the court of appeals for the DC circuit. Before that he served eight years in the Justice Department that he's now poised to lead. Comprised of more than 113 thousand federal employees the DOJ has been at the epicenter of countless controversies during the trump administration. And has been the target of repeated attacks by trump himself. In 1995 Garland led the Justice Department's response to the bombing of that Oklahoma City government building that killed 168. People. And resulted in the execution of bomber Timothy McVeigh. And of course many will remember garlands 2016. Nominations the US supreme court for our record setting. 293. Days senate Republicans refused to hold confirmation hearings they said it. Because it was an election year but when Judging Amy Colleen Barrett was nominated just 35 days before an election the senate confirmed her to the Supreme Court. In record time.
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