FBI Director Christopher Wray was his usual disingenuous self during his Tuesday interview with FOX NEWS’ Bret Baier, who exposed Wray’s artful-dodge technique but didn’t exactly draw blood. It was a different story for Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday, who was given no mercy by Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas in a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Garland barely walked out of there.
As Nick Arama at REDSTATE put it, he “got eaten alive” by Cruz. Here’s part of that video.
Sen. Cruz didn’t let Garland get away with evading simple yes-or-no questions with vague, lofty-sounding platitudes, as Wray was able to in his interview. (Of course, Baier’s situation is somewhat different; if he laid into his guests as hard as Cruz goes after witnesses, no one would ever come on his show. And Baier lacks subpoena power!)
On the issue of activists threatening the lives of Supreme Court justices, the attorney general tried to avoid responsibility for decisions not to prosecute this crime, placing this on the U.S. Marshals when it is clearly his. Under Cruz’s questioning, Garland’s attempt was unsuccessful.
Katie Pavlich wrote about this for TOWNHALL, recalling the arrest last summer of a man outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home with the intent and tools to assassinate him. President Biden “failed to condemn or even acknowledge the situation,” she said.
Specifically, Sen. Hawley went after Garland for the way Catholic pro-life speaker Mark Houck was treated during an over-the-top FBI raid and arrest, with 25-30 agents brandishing huge weapons and handcuffing him in front of his screaming children. “You used an unbelievable show of force with guns,” Hawley said, “that I’d just note liberals usually decry...you’re happy to deploy them against Catholics and innocent children!”
The attorney general responded that the FBI “disagrees with that description” of the way they dealt with Houck. They can disagree all they want, but, fortunately, there’s video that shows Hawley is right. You likely know Houck’s story, as we’ve covered it here, but Arama summarizes it well.
When Sen. Mike Lee of Utah presented Garland with overwhelming evidence of their disparity of treatment for pro-life and pro-abortion activists, all Garland could manage was the lame reply, “We apply the law equally.” It doesn’t get much weaker than that.
Arama makes the same point that we repeatedly have made: MAN, did we ever dodge a bullet when Garland was kept off the Supreme Court.
It’s going to take those rank-and-file whistleblowers to bring about reform of the ‘Justice’ Department and FBI. And a new report in the WASHINGTON POST --- yes, WAPO --- tells us there was major discord between agents and DOJ attorneys, led by prosecutor Jay Bratt, over the raid on Mar-A-Lago. According to this story, two senior FBI officials who would be in charge of leading the raid “resisted the plan as too combative and proposed instead to seek permission to search his property.”
This was according to four people who spoke on condition of anonymity. Recall that Trump had been extremely accommodating to officials while negotiating with the National Archives and surely would have been fine with letting them come, just as they had come before. But apparently, FBI agents were pressured into conducting this raid, which AG Garland personally approved. Here’s a must-read analysis from Bob Hoge at REDSTATE.
This revelation makes me wonder how reluctant some FBI agents might have been to raid the home of Mark Houck.