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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Sunday he believes the Biden administration, by failing to condemn the ongoing protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, is condoning actions against justices who may sign the opinion that would overthrow Roe v. Wade.
“What we’ve seen is a deliberate attempt to isolate, demonize and intimidate the judges who sign Judge Alito’s opinion, which everyone should read by the way – it’s fantastic,” Lee said. during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday”.
“The Department of Justice has turned a blind eye to gross violations of 18 U.S. Code § 1507 – the provision that prohibits people from showing up at a Supreme Court justice’s home to protest,” he added. . “By not condemning them, by not prosecuting them, the Biden administration is propelling this and legitimizing the attacks.”
Pro-abortion protests resumed outside Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland just hours after a California man showed up with a gun, knife, zip ties and burglary tools in connection with an alleged assassination plot. Lee’s remarks to Fox News host Shannon Bream came after President Biden signed a bill last week offering more protections to judges and their families.
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A recent letter signed by pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge called for escalation of violence and declared an ‘open season’ on pro-life health centers as the Supreme Court has yet to issue a ruling in the case. case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Fox News Digital exclusively reported Thursday that Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to resign over Justice Department inaction in more than 50 arson attacks on pregnancy centers and pro-life churches lately. weeks.
The FBI announced Friday that it is investigating a series of attacks and threats targeting pregnancy resource centers and faith-based organizations across the country as potential acts of domestic violent extremism. Still, Lee said Sunday he was unhappy with their response, as protests still continue undeterred outside Kavanaugh’s home and the homes of other justices.
Earlier in the interview, Lee also explained why he was appalled by the announcement last week by a group of 20 senators, including 10 Republicans, that they had reached an agreement on gun control at the following recent high-profile mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
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The framework set out by lawmakers so far calls for funding mental health services, improving assessments for shoppers aged 18-21, increasing school resources, clarifying the definition of an authorized dealer and closing the so-called boyfriend loophole. The bill “would also help ensure that lethal weapons do not fall into the hands of individuals whom a court has determined pose a significant danger to themselves or others, in accordance with state and federal due process and constitutional protections”.
“Most of these things seem beyond reproach. The problem we have here is that we don’t have an invoice. That’s why I was surprised when last week, about a week ago, when we had this group of 20 people who announced that we had a deal,” Lee said. “I kept asking to see the text, and it became apparent that they didn’t have a bill – they didn’t have a deal at all. What they had was an agreement on a series of very broad promises.”
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“I know there’s a piece of legislation that’s probably been written, but on the most controversial, the most controversial and the most likely to have an impact, there’s no language. Without that language, you can’t determine if it’s OK,” he added. “We have to be careful whenever something like this happens that we don’t legislate in the heat of the moment under great emotion without looking at the text and knowing what we’re doing. And we have to be careful not to punish the law – Americans respectful of the wrongs committed by criminals and madmen.”
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