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Oklahoma City bombing deeply affected Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland

Oklahoma City bombing deeply affected Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland

A string of bulletins marked “URGENT” flashed across Merrick Garland’s computer screen on the fourth floor of the Justice Department.

“An explosion was heard,” read the first report of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. “Black smoke billowed…. It appears… a massive bomb exploded…. The 9th floor of the federal building is gone.”

Within hours of the bombing, Garland, then one of the senior officials in the Clinton administration Justice Department, was insisting to his bosses that he quickly fly to Oklahoma to lead the investigation into what until then was the worst terror attack on U.S. soil — 168 people,...

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