Politics live updates: Merrick Garland calls for restoration of Justice Department 'norms'

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Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland said the country faces a “more dangerous period” than the forces that sparked the Oklahoma City bombing, which still stands as the most deadly domestic terror attack in U.S. history.

Garland, who oversaw the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols, vowed to lead the now far-reaching investigation into the deadly Capitol attack, which left five dead. 

— Kevin Johnson

Padilla to ask Garland about voting rights

Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla, a former attorney general of California, told reporters Monday that Merrick Garland brings “impressive credentials” to become attorney general, but that he wanted to ask about protecting civil rights and voting rights.

“I am proud of the work that was done in California to build a very inclusive democracy and accessible democracy,” Padilla said. “I’m also reminded that, look, the voter suppression is rooted in white supremacy.”

— Bart Jansen

Garland: Role of AG is to ‘serve the rule of law and ensure equal justice’

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