Tuesday, May. 16, 2017

Garland friend: Judge happy in job, no interest in FBI job

By By SAM HANANEL

WASHINGTON (AP) — A longtime friend of Judge Merrick Garland tells The Associated Press that Garland is happy in his job and has no interest in leaving the judiciary to head the FBI.

The comment came Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he recommended that President Donald Trump nominate the federal appeals court judge for the post.

The friend requested anonymity to discuss private conversations.

President Barack Obama nominated Garland to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but McConnell declined to even hold a hearing.

McConnell's comments on his recommendation to the president came during an appearance Tuesday morning on Bloomberg Business.

The search is underway for a new head of the FBI since the ouster of James Comey last week.

2017-05-16 16:12:46 GMT

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