Senate panel advances Garland's nomination as U.S. attorney general

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general, moved a step closer to securing Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official on Monday with the Judiciary Committee throwing its weight behind his nomination. The federal appellate judge won bipartisan support in a 15-7 tally in the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance his nomination to the Senate floor for a vote that Democrats hope will be held sometime this week. Among the four Republicans voting in favor of Garland were two former chairmen of the committee, Chuck Gras…

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