Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana are demanding U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland turn over documents that could explain why the Department of Justice has repeatedly refused to prosecute any threats against Republican-nominated Supreme Court justices following a leak of the Dobbs v. Jackson draft opinion.
In a letter to Garland, Jordan demanded President Joe Biden’s DOJ head turn over all documents and communications with the White House, “including those sent or received by employees of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia,” related to the intimidation campaign against certain SCOTUS justices.
“For several years, prominent Democrats have intimidated and bullied the Supreme Court to resist legal challenges to the left’s radical progressive agenda,” Jordan wrote. “The Biden Administration’s reluctance to condemn these radical efforts—Court-packing proposals, threats to justices and their families, and unsupported recusal demands—has created an environment in which the far left now feels emboldened to harass justices at their private residences.”
Jordan said coordinated campaigns from shady left-wing organizations such as Ruth Sent Us — which published the addresses of Supreme Court justices’ homes, downplayed an assassination attempt against Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family, and encouraged its followers to target Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s children — “appear to be attempts to intimidate and influence the justices’ rulings.”
Despite a federal statute banning protests designed to hamper “the administration of justice” or “with the intent of influencing any judge … in the discharge of his duty,” the DOJ under Garland’s watch has so far refused to prosecute anyone who has picketed or protested at Republican-nominated justices’ homes.
“This latest left-wing delegitimization campaign against the Supreme Court is a
transparent effort to influence the justices related to the discharge of their official duties,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan gave Garland until July 8 to respond to his inquiry and potentially to better explain why the DOJ hasn’t taken action to protect the members of the highest court in the land from “fomented organized harassment” ahead of its finalized landmark decision on abortion.
In addition to ignoring threats against justices, Garland’s DOJ has also mostly ignored the growing number of violent attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches. The FBI only recently told The Federalist that it would investigate the firebombings and vandalism plaguing more than 40 organizations nationwide.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.
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