In this April 27, 1995, photo, Merrick Garland speaks to the media following a hearing for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Garland was assigned to the case because “we wanted somebody who could make sure that the investigation was done by the book and that any indictment was bulletproof,” said former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick.

FILE – In this April 27, 1995, file photo, Merrick Garland, associate deputy attorney general, speaks to the media following the hearing of Oklahoma bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, before federal magistrate Ronald Howland, in El Reno, Okla. President Barack Obama nominated appeals court judge Garland to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)