Grassley sets up Garland with a question on foreign influence
Yes, Senator Grassley ended his questions to Garland by asking about Hunter Biden’s shady dealings
The New York Post goes directly to the question posed by Grassley to Garland regarding the Hunter Biden bad actions that could be tied to “the Big Guy.” You know, the question that Garland deferred rather than answer.
Sen. Chuck Grassley interrogated Attorney General Merrick Garland over the Hunter Biden investigation Wednesday, revealing for the first time that “over a dozen sources” had tipped off the FBI and Justice Department to potential criminal activity by the first son.
“Recent lawfully protected whistleblower disclosures to my office indicate that the Justice Department and FBI had — at one time — over a dozen sources that provided potentially criminal information relating to Hunter Biden.” Grassley (R-Iowa), 89, told Garland during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “The alleged volume and similarity of information would demand that the Justice Department investigate the truth and accuracy of the information.”
“Accordingly, what steps has the Justice Department taken to determine the truth and accuracy of the information provided?” Grassley asked. “Congress and the American people have a right to know.”
Garland, 70, deflected, saying he had promised during his confirmation hearings not to interfere in the probe headed by Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, and “I have carried through on my pledge.”
Grassley later cast doubt on Garland’s claims that the probe by Weiss — one of the few still-serving US attorneys appointed by President Donald Trump — was truly independent.
“Has the Delaware US attorney sought permission of another US Attorney’s Office, such as in the District of Columbia or California, to bring charges?” the senator asked. “If so, was it denied?”
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Garland said before insisting that Weiss has been told that “he is not to be denied anything that he needs, and if that were to happen, it should ascend through the department’s ranks, and I have not heard anything from that office to suggest that they are not able to do everything that the US attorney wants to do.”
(Read how Senator Grassley gave his view at the )
However, before the question noted by the New York Post, there was a set-up question
As shown by a 2 March 2023 article in the Independent Sentinel, Senator Grassley started with the following question to which Garland agreed should be investigated:
Grassley said, “If the Justice Department received information that foreign persons had evidence of improper or unlawful payment paid to elected officials and those payments may have influenced policy decisions, would that pose a national security concern?”
Garland’s answer was, “if an agent of a foreign government asking someone and paying someone to do things to support that foreign government in secret? Yes, I definitely think that would be a national security problem.”
(Read more at the Independent Sentinel)
Oddly, the Independent Sentinel buries the leading exchange from Grassley and Garland behind the exchange where Garland refuses to answer; however, if you watch the Judiciary Committee hearings, the paper obviously put the events out of order.
Oh, no!! Are independent-thinking news outlets trying to force us into thinking for ourselves and making us put these events in order?? Oh, the horror!!
So much for his oath to protect the Constitution or the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection under the law”
Garland approves of treating pro-life activists like terrorists
The Washington Examiner calls on the exchange between Senator Ted Cruz and Merrick Garland to illustrate how the Biden regime has justified ignoring crimes against pro-life citizens and organizations. (Bolding is mine for emphasis.)
Attorney General Merrick Garland proved himself an utter disgrace to the office Wednesday.
After six months of repeated questions from members of Congress about the astonishingly reckless and extravagant use of force to arrest a cooperative pro-life activist in front of his seven children, Garland, in a Senate hearing, provided a cowardly nonanswer about the incident. In essence, he said that the buck doesn’t stop with him, because he has refused for half a year to let the buck reach him in the first place. It was an egregious exercise of defiance masked as pusillanimity, or more likely, a malignant combination of both.
The case, covered for months in national media outlets, involved Mark Houck, who, for years, has made regular trips to pray outside of a Philadelphia abortion clinic but without ever blocking the entrance. He was arrested after an exceedingly mild altercation with an older man named Bruce Love, who was escorting women into the clinic and who, according to witnesses, had accosted Houck’s son. The arrest came even though the law under which Houck was charged, known as the FACE Act, specifically was designed not to apply to volunteer patient escorts such as Love. In a Senate debate, FACE Act sponsors former Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and David Durenberger (R-MN) both explicitly said that the act “does not protect the escorts.”
Local prosecutors declined to prosecute such a laughable “case” against Houck, and a federal grand jury rightly acquitted him despite the full efforts of Garland’s Justice Department to send him to prison.
Yet as abusive as the entire prosecutorial attempt was, that wasn’t as much at issue as the arrest itself. Heavily armed agents showed up en masse at Houck’s house shortly after dawn and arrested him in front of his children, some of them quite young. Houck’s wife said there were 20 or more agents, guns drawn like a SWAT team, rude and extremely frightening, with five of them aiming guns at Houck’s head. Photographs show at least several agents with significant-sized weapons. The Justice Department disputed the “SWAT” characterization of the arrest and vaguely said it wasn’t quite so dramatic, but it has offered few concrete details other than that.
Here’s the rub, which, thank goodness, did not result in a “rub out,” meaning a death: Houck’s attorney, having heard that federal prosecutors were considering charging his client with violation of the FACE Act, had called and specifically said Houck would appear voluntarily at federal offices for arrest purposes if that’s what they planned. The fact of his offer is not in dispute. Nor was there anything in Houck’s long record of pro-life advocacy, other than the minor scuffle in purported defense of his son, to indicate that he is anything other than a peaceful, law-abiding citizen.
Garland said decisions about the use of force are “made at the level of the FBI agents on scene,” as if it’s not his responsibility to review such decisions when challenged on them, especially when he has been specifically asked to review them. He also dismissed the concerns by saying that the FBI disputes “how many agents, of the agents that were there, and what their roles were.”
(Read more at the Washington Examiner)
The real mystifying issue during the hearing was this: Garland said he could not prosecute the criminals who firebombed the pro-life centers because “it was done at night”
The New York Post laughingly points out how obviously Merrick Garland would have been a failure on the police force of any city, since criminals commit most crime during the night.
Lee told the attorney general the DOJ’s “use of force” against Houck didn’t appear “justifiable” before drawing attention to what he called a “disparity” in the department’s approach to abortion-related prosecutions.
“DOJ has announced charges against 34 individuals for blocking access to or vandalizing abortion clinics,” he said, while noting “there have been over 81 reported attacks on pregnancy centers and only two individuals have been charged.”
“How do you explain this disparity by reference to anything other than politicization of what’s happening?” Lee asked.
In response, Garland lamely tried to explain the discrepancy by claiming that pro-life activists commit violations “during the daylight [and] seeing the person doing it is quite easy.
“Those who are attacking the pregnancy resource centers, which is a horrid thing to do, are doing this at night, in the dark,” the AG added. “… These people who are doing it are clever and are doing it in secret. I am convinced that the FBI is trying to find them with urgency.”
(Read more at the New York Post)
We have long passed the day when Merrick Garland and Joe Biden should have resigned due to incompetence.
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