Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) asking that Attorney General Merrick Garland testify before the committee regarding his failure to quell protests and protect conservative SCOTUS justices in the wake of the historic Roe v. Wade decision.
Cruz wants Garland to “detail the steps the Department of Justice is taking to protect our Supreme Court Justices in the wake of an unprecedented harassment and intimidation campaign.”
According to Fox News, “Cruz referred to 18 U.S.C. 1507, which criminalizes any attempt to influence a judge in the exercise of his or her duties by picketing them at their home—a law passed in order to allow judges the ‘freedom to exercise their judicial power free from outside influence or intimidation.'”
“Unfortunately, despite clear evidence that federal law was violated by mobs of protesters at the Justices’ homes, the head of the Department of Justice, and chief law enforcement officer of the United States, flatly refused to enforce federal law,” Cruz wrote.
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Cruz noted that several days ago, the Supreme Court Marshal asked Maryland and Virginia officials to “enforce laws that prohibit picketing outside the homes of the Justices who live in the two states.”
“Further, the governors of Virginia and Maryland called upon Attorney General Garland to ‘enforce the law as it is written,’” Cruz wrote.
“Attorney General Garland, however, has ignored such calls, doing so with near-tragic results,” Cruz added.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh was faced with a death threat. Nicholas Roske, 26, was arrested and charged after he allegedly intended to carry out a murder-suicide plot against Kavanaugh at his Maryland home.
“Intimidation attempts have also occurred at the homes of Justice Alito, Justice Thomas, Justice Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts,” Cruz noted. “In response to these threats, Attorney General Garland merely stated, ‘The Justice Department will not tolerate violence or threats of violence against judges or any other public servants at work, home or any other location.’”
Cruz added: “Attorney General Garland’s refusal to act, however, calls into question the sincerity of this statement.”
In a shot at the attorney general, Cruz said he was “quick to condemn parents who attended school board meetings to protest radical policies pushed by some board members.”
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— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 11, 2022