President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland as his attorney general. In 2016, the federal appeals court judge was refused a hearing to be confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
The former Supreme Court nominee will face challenges on civil rights, domestic terrorism, police reform, the FBI and dealing with Trump-era corruption.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and at least 13 other Democratic senators wrote a letter to the Biden transition team recommending their former colleague.
Republicans notoriously refused to meet with Merrick Garland as part of thwarting his 2016 Supreme Court nomination.
The Arkansas senator blocked Barack Obama's pick in 2016 because he claimed to believe then that voters should first choose their next president.
“I think we’re too close to the election," one Republican senator said about then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick.
The former vice president has also said Republicans will have an "epiphany" once Donald Trump leaves office.
The judge whose nomination was blocked by Mitch McConnell in 2016 is more than a decade older than Trump's two Supreme Court justices.
Laurence Tribe used a blistering tweet to accuse the Republican Senate majority leader of hypocrisy over his plans to fill any Supreme Court vacancy next year.
The Senate majority leader blocked Merrick Garland's nomination during the Obama administration in 2016, purportedly because it was an election year.