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

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Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland told lawmakers that he had “no reason” to question the status of the special prosecutor leading a continuing investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

If confirmed, Garland said he intended to meet with prosecutor John Durham, who was appointed by former Attorney General William Barr. 

The Biden administration has pledged to allow Durham to complete the investigation.

— Kevin Johnson

‘More dangerous’ time than Oklahoma City, Garland says

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.

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