If Republicans were to take control of the U.S. House and Senate in November, their top agenda — before tax and spending cuts, abortion restrictions, gun legislation or any other thing in their innocuous predictable program — should be to remove Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Under Garland, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been thoroughly politicized and militarized, turned into instruments of terror targeting ordinary American citizens who have the temerity to oppose the Biden administration’s radical agenda.
Tax cuts for domestic manufacturers, or whatever other disconnected, boilerplate thing that GOP leaders imagine their priority should be once they return to Congress, can wait. The urgency now is to impeach and remove Garland before he does irreparable harm to the republic.
Everything Garland has done as attorney general has been falsely political, from slandering parents who speak out at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists” to targeting anti-terrorist activists. – peaceful abortions doing nothing against the real pro-abortion vigilantes who attack churches and pregnancy centers in crisis. He must be stopped, and a determined GOP-led Congress is the only thing that can stop him.
And by the way, once they get rid of Garland, congressional Republicans should make it their next agenda to dismantle the FBI and the DOJ. Both of these agencies turned out to be irreparably corrupt. They are enemies of the American people and must be abandoned entirely and replaced with something new – something with far less power and far more responsibility.
If that sounds drastic or melodramatic, as it might to some indifferent or simply silly Republican lawmakers, consider this week’s shocking news that Garland’s DOJ has once again used the FBI to target anti-abortion activists. peaceful for exercising their First Amendment rights. On Tuesday night, armed FBI agents raided the home of 73-year-old anti-abortion activist Chet Gallagher on the outrageous pretense that he had violated an obscure federal law, the Free Entry Act. clinics, or “FACE law”. ”
In fact, what Gallagher and 10 other activists had done was pray and sing in the hallway of a medical building that houses an abortion center in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, last March. The protest was entirely peaceful, as many video footage – broadcast live on Facebook by the activists themselves – attests. A few of them were arrested without incident by local police for trespassing and quickly released.
But at DOJ in Garland, what they did was use “force and physical obstruction to injure, intimidate, and interfere with clinic workers and a patient who was seeking reproductive health services.” So read the indictmenta document so disconnected from reality that its mere existence is beyond comprehension.
And yet it follows an equally shocking FBI raid last month on the home of Mark Houck, a Catholic father of seven and anti-abortion activist who was arrested at gunpoint in front of his terrified wife and his young children. His offence? He claimed to have violated – you guessed it – the FACE law.
But in Houck’s case, the charges are even more spurious than those leveled against the Tennessee activists. The incident in question involved an altercation last October between Houck and a man named Bruce Love, a pro-abortion activist and an escort – not an abortion provider or a woman seeking an abortion – near an abortion clinic in Philadelphia. Love allegedly got in front of Houck’s 12-year-old son and harassed him relentlessly. An altercation ensued and Houck allegedly pushed Love, who fell to the ground.
But as my colleague Margot Cleveland recently noted in these pages, by Love’s own account, the altercation was not a violation of FACE law “because Houck was standing at a corner of the clinic in abortion, no clients were involved, and the alleged assault had nothing to do with so-called reproductive services. That is to say, the government’s case here is extremely weak and will likely be dismissed before a trial takes place, as many other alleged violations of the FACE law have in the past.
Additionally, Cleveland detailed how Houck’s attorney was in contact with the Justice Department about the matter months before the FBI raided Houck’s home and offered that Houck appear voluntarily in response to a subpoena. That email was sent in June, but the first response Houck’s attorney received from the DOJ was on September 23. after Houck had previously been arrested at his home at gunpoint in front of his family.
These cases, however, are just the latest in a long line of extremely selective federal law enforcement by the Garland DOJ, which is clearly aimed at intimidating otherwise law-abiding U.S. citizens. The same U.S. attorney handling the bogus case against Houck, Anita Eve, also handled some 40 Jan. 6 cases, in which over-the-top arrest tactics were used. Indeed, Garland’s DOJ dumped the book on hundreds of Jan. 6 defendants whose misdeeds in many cases amounted to little more than unwitting intrusion.
Meanwhile, the FBI won’t say whether it has made a single arrest in the dozens of attacks on churches, crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations in the wake of the Dobbs leaked in May. The FBI admitted to the Daily Signal this week (in a statement almost identical to the one he issued in June) that he is investigating the attacks, and even considering some of them as potential acts of domestic violent extremism or possible violations of the FACE law.
Yet, for all that, the FBI has not announced a single arrest in connection with some 83 attacks against Catholic churches and 73 pregnancy centers in crisis. Strange when he would have had time to find Houck and Gallagher, 73 years old (not to mention Eva Edl, 87 years olda woman named in the Tennessee indictment).
It all boils down to precisely what it sounds like: the militarization of the Justice Department for partisan political purposes. If a new Republican majority in Congress does nothing else next year, it should impeach Garland and dismantle a hopelessly corrupt DOJ and FBI. Let the GOP leaders realize this, the future of the republic may well depend on them in the next Congress and doing what needs to be done.
John Daniel Davidson is editor of The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Claremont Review of Books, New York Post and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.