The Senate confirmed Judge Merrick Garland as U.S. attorney general on Wednesday with a 70-30 vote.
Garland takes over as the head of the Department of Justice, which is central to President Biden's domestic policy agenda. The Justice Department will play a crucial role in enacting Biden's plans for civil rights enforcement and criminal justice reform.
Restoring the distance between the department and political officials at the White House is one of Biden's top priorities.
"I would not have taken this job if I thought that politics would have any influence over prosecutions and investigations," said Garland.
🔦 Before becoming attorney general, Garland was nominated by former President Barack Obama to a seat on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. However, the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing regarding his nomination.