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How the Oklahoma City bombing helped shape Biden's attorney general nominee

How the Oklahoma City bombing helped shape Biden's nominee for attorney general
Posted at 12:42 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 14:38:49-05

TULSA, Okla. — President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Attorney General says an Oklahoma case help shaped his career.

Merrick Garland first talked about the impact the Oklahoma City bombing trial had on him when President Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court in 2016.

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The senate did not hold a hearing on his nomination.

Garland, a federal prosecutor at the time, helped prosecute Timothy McVeigh. Garland was the highest-ranking member of the Justice Department on the scene in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack.

In a speech at the White House Rose Garden in 2016 Garland spoke about the impact the bombing trial had on him, "When I went to Oklahoma City to investigate the bombing of the federal building, I saw up close the devastation that can happen when someone abandons the justice system as a way of resolving grievances, and instead, takes matters into his own hands. I saw the importance of assuring victims and families that the justice system could work."

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On the 20th anniversary of the bombing Garland and other prosecutors received the Reflections of Hope award from the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum. He's also featured in videos in section of the museum.

WATCH: Merrick Garland remembers the Oklahoma City bombing

Biden formally announced the nomination on Thursday.

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