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

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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’

Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland on Monday called for a restoration of Justice Department “norms” as guardrails against the influence of partisan politics that have threatened the agency’s independence from the White House.

Garland, testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, also vowed to pursue equal justice for marginalized communities of color while leading a battle against extremism that broke into the open during last month’s deadly Capitol attack.

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