The federal appeals court judge who was blocked by Republicans for a Supreme Court seat in 2016 was confirmed in a bipartisan vote.
The Senate minority leader told Politico that Garland had his support, five years after he refused to advance his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Joe Biden's attorney general nominee brushed off the senator's "defund the police" question with a reference to the Jan. 6 riot.
President Joe Biden's nominee puts a bull's-eye on white supremacists and upholding the rule of law in his confirmation hearing prepared testimony.
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.