Merrick Garland Scheduled For Confirmation Hearing

Attorney General

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled the confirmation hearing of Biden nominee for Justice Department head, Judge Merrick Garland.

The hearing has been set for Feb. 22 and 23. The committee will decide on his appointment by March 1.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley finally reached an agreement for the schedule, Politico reported.

In a statemenet, Senator Durbin said, “I’m pleased that we can announce that the Committee will be moving forward on a bipartisan basis. Judge Garland will serve the Justice Department and our country with honor and integrity. He is a consensus pick who should be confirmed swiftly on his merits.”

Grassley said in a statement on Tuesday that “given the significance of this role, he agreed to make an exception for the 28-day time frame and will “accelerate the post-committee hearing markup.”

“Given these accommodations, I expect a thorough review of Judge Garland’s qualifications as well as swift and transparent responses going forward,” added.

Garland is set to appear before the committee on February 22. The second day will consist of testimony from outside witnesses. Senators will then submit questions for the record to Garland on Feb. 24 and he will have until Feb. 28 to respond.

Judge Garland is the former chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and was President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court in March 2016.