In a scathing letter, Senator Josh Hawley said that Attorney General Merrick Garland has “a lot to answer for.”
“These reports state that federal authorities obtained a warrant under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act to arrest Mark Houck for allegedly committing a single count of simple assault by pushing a man near an abortion clinic.”
Houck was counseling women outside of a Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia when a man harassed his young son. The man shouted profanities at his son and got in his face until Houck intervened. He didn’t hit the assailant, only pushed him. The man fell on the ground and sued Houck. The man filed suit, but a judge dismissed the case. Still, Biden’s FBI decided to pursue it with brutal and terrifying force.
“Houck contends that he only did so to defend his child against the man, and local authorities have already dismissed a separate criminal complaint against Houck for the conduct. Not only did your office turn a local dispute into a national case, but the FBI reportedly executed the search warrant in as extreme a manner as one can image.”
At 5:00 am, the FBI shook the house with shouts and deafening bangs. Houck’s seven children were stricken with fear and trauma.
“As Houck’s wife said, when they saw 20 or more agents arrest their father at gunpoint, ‘the kids were all just screaming,’” Hawley wrote. “To say the least, using this kind of force to make an arrest for a single charge of simple assault is unprecedented. I want to know from Merrick Garland directly why Biden’s DOJ is arresting Catholic protestors like terrorists – complete with SWAT-style tactics – while letting actual terrorist acts like firebombings go unpunished.”
Hawley said that the “corruption and abuse of law” is “out of control.” He went on to threaten Garland and the FBI “Come January, the new Republican Congress must launch a thorough, public investigation of DOJ & the FBI – from their targeting of parents to religious protestors to political opponents.”
Hawley concluded with a stern and fearsome command. “I believe you must testify, under oath, before the Senate Judiciary Committee about your selective use and apparent political weaponization of the FACE Act.”