“She would instantly be a top contender if Democrats win control of the Senate,” a person close to the process tells CNN.
Yet it’s not only Yates whose star has dramatically risen overnight, a top Biden ally tells CNN, with the Georgia races also potentially benefiting Garland’s prospects.
For nearly two months inside Biden’s transition, one of the biggest arguments against selecting Garland has been the vacancy it would create on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. If Republicans retained control of the Senate, the chances of confirming a replacement were low, given Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s penchant to block judicial nominees.
“Judge Garland will be viewed in a whole new light now,” the top Biden ally tells CNN.
The Georgia Senate races do little to ease another complicating factor
: the federal investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden
, the President-elect’s son
. The next attorney general could be faced with pressure on whether to name a special prosecutor in the case
Defenders of Garland say he would be a particularly strong choice to lead the Justice Department in the post-Trump era because he is seen as above reproach of partisan politics. Some allies describe him as a “Boy Scout,” which is intended to suggest he would be seen as a non-political figure.
Jones also has strong proponents — not to mention a longtime friendship with Biden. But he was also seen as one of the easiest to confirm, given that he just left his Senate seat.
Vandag, one top Biden ally sums up the choice of attorney general, the most important remaining decision in his Cabinet, like this: “It’s not back to the drawing board, but it allows this decision to be made in a whole new light.”