Former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones on Thursday, the day after rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, threw his support behind President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for U.S. attorney general, federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland.
Jones had been a frontrunner for the AG position, but on Wednesday Biden announced he had selected Garland to lead the Justice Department.
Jones lost to now-Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, in the November election.
“Judge Merrick Garland will bring the integrity, professionalism & dedication to DOJ that is badly needed,” Jones said in a tweet Thursday. “The events of yesterday only underscore the challenges that he & his talented team will face on day 1 & they will need everyone’s support. He & the team certainly have mine.”