Politics live updates: Emotional Merrick Garland recounts his Jewish family's flight from persecution

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Merrick Garland was briefly gripped with emotion Monday when he recounted his Jewish family’s flight from persecution, drawing on that experience as a call to public service.

“I feel an obligation to pay back to the country that took us in,” Garland said, his voice cracking while responding to Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J. 

The sentiment expressed by the nominee caused the hearing room to fall silent, as senators, aides and reporters directed their attention to Garland’s chair.

— Kevin Johnson and Christal Hayes

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