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EXCLUSIVE: House Oversight Committee Republicans are investigating the Justice Department for information on how the agency plans to enforce federal laws protecting judges, after a leaked draft notice reporting that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade sparked large pro-choice protests.
Garland was initially silent on continued protests by activists outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices over the past week, despite a federal law that prohibits trying to ‘influence’ federal officials and the outcome of a court case, but the DOJ responded to the protests in a statement Wednesday.
“Attorney General Garland continues to be briefed on security matters related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court justices,” Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said.
DOJ SILENT ON PROTESTS AGAINST ABORTION AT DOMESTIC JUSTICES DESPITE FEDERAL LAW BANS ‘PICKETS’ TO INFLUENCE CASE
“The Attorney General has directed the U.S. Marshals Service to help provide security for the justices by providing additional support to the Supreme Court Marshal and Supreme Court Police.”
U.S. Federal Code 1507 states that anyone who “pickets or marches” with “intent to interfere with, obstruct, or obstruct the administration of justice, or with intent to influence a judge, juror, witness, or judicial officer” near a U.S. court or “near any building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or judicial officer” shall be subject to a fine or “up to one year in prison, or both”.
In a letter sent Friday to Attorney General Merrick Garland, led by committee member James Comer, R-Ky., lawmakers ask the DOJ for details about its efforts to “enforce federal laws protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court.” .
“Following the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion on a case currently pending before the Supreme Court, a reactionary wave of violence by radical ideologues has descended on the country, as pregnancy centers in crisis, pro-life organizations and churches have been vandalized. and subject to arson and theft of sacred objects,” the lawmakers wrote.
They continue: “Other protesters are picketing the family residences of Supreme Court justices in an effort to influence or intimidate the justices. This likely violates federal law, notwithstanding the Biden administration and other prominent Democrats declaring their support for such illegal actions. information regarding the measures taken by the Department of Justice to enforce federal law and ensure the protection of Supreme Court justices. »
Republicans are demanding the DOJ “stand firm” against attempts to illegally influence judges and questioning the department on any investigations into protesters who may have broken the law.
“It is unclear whether the Justice Department has investigated or prosecuted any cases related to the current protests at the judges’ homes. The recent leaked draft notice has the potential to undermine the ability of judges to deliberate on matters of national importance. Our law and order system must stand firmly against any unlawful attempt to intimidate judges by harassing their quarters.”
The DOJ did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the Republicans’ letter.
The department has been criticized for its inaction over protests at judges’ homes after it immediately took action and ordered the FBI to investigate ‘threats of violence’ at school board meetings last fall to crack down on the alleged threats against school officials by angry parents. .
Garland’s directive came just days after the National School Board Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to Biden asking his administration to treat parent protests at school board meetings as possible acts of “domestic terrorism.” .
AT LEAST 5 PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY CENTER VANDALIZED IN WEEK OF SCOTUS OPINION LEAK
Vandals have targeted at least five pro-life crisis pregnancy centers across the United States since the draft notice leaked, and Catholic churches have been threatened and vandalized.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue its official opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization by July.
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