When President Obama nominated Merrick Garland at the end of his term in 2016, the federal appellate judge was described by the media as a centrist judge.
At the time, the US Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, held the line and refused to advance the nomination of the Obama appointee to a floor vote.
Thanks to that maneuver, President Trump was able to appoint three judges to the Supreme Court, all of whom voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in the landmark Dobbs v Jackson decision.
When Trump lost his reelection campaign amidst credible allegations of large scale voter fraud, newly elected President Biden sought to attempt to make amends with Judge Garland for being overlooked for the US Supreme Court, by appointing him to the highest law enforcement post in the nation.
Since then, Attorney General Merrick Garland has overseen the weaponization of the Department of Justice against his party’s political opponents. Far from being a centrist, Attorney General Merrick Garland has proven to be a loyal soldier of the radical left.
Under his leadership the Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI, has imprisoned hundreds of peaceful protesters from January 6th, denying them basic procedural rights such as the right for a speedy trial, while viciously persecuting scores of peaceful pro-life sidewalk counselors.
Under AG Garland, the DOJ has followed the radical left’s soft on violent crime and tough on political opponents strategy, resulting in a growing lack of trust from the American public in the impartiality of law enforcement.
In heated exchanges with Senate Judiciary members, Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Mike Lee, and Lindsay Graham took turns demanding a public explanation from a man whose name has grown to be synonymous with the political corruption of law enforcement.
The Senator from Texas forcefully probed the Attorney General about the US Marshalls decision not to arrest or prosecute any of the pro-abortion protesters who harassed and intimidated US Supreme Court justices at their personal residences. Protesting federal judges at their homes is considered a form of intimidation and is prohibited by federal law.
Senator Cruz then confronted the AG for using the FBI, to send two dozen SWAT-like law enforcement officers to terrorize peaceful pro-life sidewalk counselor Mark Houck.
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri questioned whether the Department of Justice was engaging in religious persecution of Catholics and other Christians. This comes after the FBI acknowledged that its Richmond, VA field office sent out a memo urging spying and infiltrating traditionalist Catholic churches.
Senator Mike Lee also highlighted the disparity in DOJ prosecutions of pro-lifers with the complete lack of arrests after dozens of pro-life pregnancy centers and hundreds of Catholic churches have been vandalized by pro-abortion radicals. In a remarkable exchange, the Attorney General attempted to explain the disparity by stating that peaceful pro-lifers act in public while the pro-abortion vandals commit their crimes “at night and in secret.”
In a subsequent exchange, Senator Lee emphatically warned the Attorney General that due to the political weaponization of the Department of Justice, he and other Senators, would not be voting to reauthorize the FISA Act without major reforms.
The moderate Republican from South Carolina focused on the fentanyl crisis killing hundreds of thousands of Americans every year and the promotion of gender ideology within the federal prison system. In particular, Senator Graham asked the Attorney General to explain if it was a good idea to send biologically male felons into women’s prisons, something the White House and DOJ have been encouraging.