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EXCLUSIVE: Nearly 50 House Republicans on Wednesday urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to prosecute those protesting outside the homes of Supreme Court justices over an early ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
Led by Rep. Claudia Tenney, RN.Y., members of Congress cite a federal law which makes it illegal to “picket or parade” outside a courthouse or a judge’s home “with intent to influence… the performance of his or her duties”.
“So we ask a simple question: As Supreme Court justices are unlawfully targeted in their homes, do you intend to enforce the law? write the Republicans. “Your inability to act is a shameless and implicit endorsement of mob rule in America.”
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Forty-seven House Republicans signed the letter, including House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, RN.Y.; Mike Johnson, vice president of the GOP conference; and R-La., Byron Donalds, R-Fla.
They join a chorus of voices, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who condemn the protests at the judges’ homes.
Over the weekend, protesters picketed the homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts. People demonstrated outside the home of Judge Samuel Alito on Monday.
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“The right to peaceful assembly is among the most sacred rights we hold as Americans,” the GOP members wrote. “Yet our sacred right to peaceful assembly has never allowed Americans to intimidate judges, jurors or court officers.
“We urge you to enforce the laws of the United States and stop the mob,” they added. “You should send the clear and unequivocal message to all Americans – regardless of party or political affiliation – that intimidation of judges and the judicial process will not hold.”
The Justice Ministry has remained silent on the protests outside the judges’ homes. He did not respond to Fox News requests for comment this week.
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The White House does not explicitly condemn protests outside the homes of judges. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that bullying was not acceptable.
“@POTUS strongly believes in the constitutional right to protest. But that should never include violence, threats or vandalism,” Psaki tweeted. “Judges perform an extremely important function in our society, and they must be able to do their job without worrying about their personal safety.”
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“So I know there’s outrage right now, I guess, about the protests that have been peaceful so far, and we certainly continue to encourage that outside of the judges’ houses,” Psaki explained. tuesday. “And that’s the president’s position.”
Other Democrats, including House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and House Democratic Conference Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y., also condemned the bullying of judges on Wednesday.
Fox News’ Kelly Laco contributed to this report.
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