Garland, the chief judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals, was nominated by former President Barack Obama to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court a year ago.
Now he is making a play to steal Garland's current seat on the D.C. Court of Appeals.
President Donald Trump and his White House have been adamant: There's absolutely no need for a special prosecutor to investigate the ties between his 2016 campaign and Russian intelligence operatives.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said tax reform will have to be "revenue neutral" but that an import tax outlined by House Republicans probably wouldn't pass the Senate, which could leave lawmakers tasked with finding another way to raise about $1 trillion over 10 years.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell politely asked Tuesday that the endless stream of problems and controversy from the White House needs to stop.
According to an NPR reporter's sources, however, Garland is not interested in the job.
As the chief judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., considered the country's second-highest court, Garland's name briefly emerged as a potential contender to replace fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, but the scuttlebutt was shot down after news reports Tuesday indicated that he wasn't interested.
Garland was nominated by President Clinton to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, where he now sits.
"I think the most important thing is for the president to pick somebody who's apolitical, who clearly has a deep law enforcement background", McConnell said, adding that his nomination for the role could garner bipartisan support.
Sorry Republicans, it turns out judge Merrick Garland just wants to be a judge.
The idea of sending Mr Garland over to the J. Edgar Hoover Building was reportedly first floated by Republican Senator Mike Lee, and the idea quickly gained steam in Washington among both Democrats and Republicans. Neil Gorsuch eventually was confirmed as Scalia's replacement. "If you've ever wondered what you'd do if forced to decide between party and country, this is that moment", No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL said in a tweet directed at Ryan.
Trump did not address the allegation at the heart of the story published Monday evening by the Washington Post - that the information he gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak included details provided to the U.S.by a foreign intelligence service that were highly sensitive and that the USA had promised not to share with other countries. Merrick Garland may not want to be FBI Director, but the right candidate looks a whole lot like him.