Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) heavily criticized the U.S. Attorney General for his role in the arrest of a pro-lifer Last year.
The incident occurred at Capitol Hill during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Attorney General Merrick Garland was present. Hawley was furious that Garland allowed the FBI to arrest Mark Houck, a pro-lifer and father of seven who was eventually acquitted in federal court.
This is exactly why we don't trust our government and God Bless Josh Hawley👏👏👏🇺🇸! pic.twitter.com/El09DyaBuI
— ꪻꫝể ꪻꫝể (@TheThe1776) March 2, 2023
Houck was arrested at his home in Pennsylvania last September. His arrest attracted national interest, which proved that the government was targeting political opponents. The Department of Justice alleged that Houck was guilty of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or FACE Act.
Hawley’s rage was also fueled by the constant effort of the Justice Department to target conservatives. Hawley, who accused Garland of targeting conservatives, noted that the Fbi arrested Houck with several armed agents bursting into his home. Meanwhile, Garland has failed to arrest any of the abortion protesters who gather in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices despite it being a clear violation of the law.
Merrick Garland has turned the DOJ into a political hit team for Joe Biden. There is no more impartial DOJ – the White House is using law enforcement to do its bidding pic.twitter.com/yCN7io4uM5
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 2, 2023
Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) echoed Hawley’s sentiments when he contrasted Houck’s arrest to Garland’s inaction regarding the protesters. Cruz criticized Garland for not arresting the protesters outside Supreme Court Justices’ homes. Cruz, who held nothing back, said he has never seen a more politicized Justice Department like Garland’s in all his life.
According to The Daily Mail, Cruz referenced protests organized outside Supreme Court Justices’ homes following the extraordinary draft opinion leak in the Dobbs case that exposed the justices’ plan to strike down Roe v. Wade.
‘You did nothing! The Department did nothing. You again sat on your hands and did nothing,’ Cruz said to Garland at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
The DOJ’s weaponization of the government is an ongoing issue and Republicans are having none of it. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) slammed the Justice Department for double standards regarding the treatment of Democrats and Republicans. He also shared his intentions to lead a select committee investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.
Jordan claimed the White House’s claim of transparency is a lie and President Joe Biden’s administration is “just the opposite.” Jordan was referring to how the administration handled former President Donald Trump in a certain way different from the ruling party’s president.