Republicans Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana are launching a congressional inquiry into the Justice Division’s political enforcement of the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, The Each day Sign has discovered.
“A number of current actions by the Division reinforce the conclusion that the Justice Division is utilizing its federal legislation enforcement authority as a weapon towards the administration’s political opponents,” the Republican congressmen stated in a letter to each Jacqueline Romero, the U.S. Lawyer for the Jap District of Pennsylvania, and Lawyer Normal Merrick Garland. “Because the unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court docket opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group, the Justice Division has politicized enforcement of the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.”
They continued: “We write to conduct oversight of your authorization of a daybreak raid of the house of a pro-life chief, in entrance of his spouse and 7 kids, when he had provided to voluntarily cooperate with authorities.”
Within the letter, first obtained by The Each day Sign, Jordan and Johnson reference the FBI’s raid on the house of Mark Houck, a Catholic father arrested for allegedly pushing a pro-abortion activist who allegedly harassed his son.
“The Division’s resolution to arrest Houck, in addition to the ways used to effectuate the arrest, are troubling,” the letter stated, noting that Houck’s spouse recounted how FBI “had about 5 weapons pointed at my husband, myself and principally at my youngsters,” and emphasizing that Houck’s legal professional “subsequently disclosed that the daybreak raid was pointless as a result of Houck had provided to look voluntarily and the FBI focused Houck ‘solely to intimidate folks of religion and pro-life Individuals.’”
The Republicans additionally accuse the Justice Division of focusing on pro-life activists.
“The Division has virtually solely enforced the FACE Act to guard pro-abortion activists whereas failing to prosecute harassment and intimidation of pro-life supporters,” Jordan and Johnson wrote.
The Republicans notice that the FACE Act, which “prohibits threats of power, obstruction and property injury meant to intrude with reproductive well being care providers,” additionally protects “pro-life being pregnant counseling providers and some other being pregnant assist facility offering reproductive well being care.”
The Justice Division’s therapy of Houck “stands in stark distinction to its therapy” of the assaults on pro-life amenities, the letter stated.
Not less than 83 Catholic church buildings and 73 being pregnant useful resource facilities or pro-life organizations have been attacked, vandalized, firebombed, or burnt to the bottom because the draft Dobbs opinion was leaked in Could, based on CatholicVote trackers. The Republicans notice that Garland launched no press launch relating to an investigation or costs into the assault on HOPE Being pregnant Middle, a pro-life being pregnant heart in his judicial district.
In addition they pointed to the assault on an 84-year-old pro-life Michigan volunteer, who was shot by a Michigan man whereas canvassing on a pro-abortion poll proposal.
“There was no outcry or press convention from the Justice Division in response to this crime,” Jordan and Johnson identified.
“Whereas the FBI says that it’s investigating a ‘sequence of assaults and threats focusing on being pregnant useful resource facilities, faith-based organizations, and reproductive well being clinics,’ to our information, the Division and FBI haven’t executed any SWAT group daybreak raids to make arrests of anti-life activists,” they added.
The Republicans stated that the Justice Division’s “lackluster response” to assaults on pro-life amenities exhibits that the “Biden administration would fairly cater to the novel anti-life motion than assist amenities that defend pregnant ladies in want,” demanding paperwork and communications on FACE Act enforcements, the Division’s Reproductive Rights Job Pressure, assaults on being pregnant useful resource facilities, and Mark Houck by Oct. 20, 2022.
The FBI stated this week to The Each day Sign that it’s investigating “a sequence of assaults and threats focusing on being pregnant useful resource facilities, faith-based organizations, and reproductive well being clinics throughout the nation, in addition to to judicial buildings, together with the U.S. Supreme Court docket.”
“The incidents are being investigated as potential acts of home violent extremism, FACE Act violations, or violent crime issues, relying on the information of every case,” the assertion stated. “The FBI takes all violence and threats of violence very severely and we’re working carefully with our legislation enforcement companions on the nationwide, state, and native ranges to research these incidents.”
This assertion is nearly similar to at least one that the FBI gave The Each day Wire in mid-June, 4 months in the past, as assaults on being pregnant facilities escalated. The militant abortion group Jane’s Revenge has claimed accountability for a lot of of those assaults and threatened extra if pro-life work doesn’t stop. The FBI wouldn’t particularly touch upon Jane’s Revenge to The Each day Wire in June, and it’s unclear how organized this group is.
When The Each day Sign pressed the FBI for extra data this week, referencing the current arrest of Houck, nationwide press officer Christina Pullen repeatedly stated the FBI does “not have any data so as to add” to its previous assertion. She additionally wouldn’t say whether or not the FBI has made any arrests associated to those assaults and threats.
The Each day Sign additionally requested the FBI to deal with exactly what number of assaults and threats it’s investigating that particularly focused being pregnant useful resource facilities, in addition to what number of assaults and threats it’s investigating that particularly focused faith-based establishments, and what number of assaults and threats it’s investigating that particularly focused abortion clinics.
The FBI wouldn’t deal with these questions. And on Wednesday, the Justice Division charged 11 extra pro-life activists with violations of the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances Act for blocking the doorway of an abortion clinic in 2021.
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