Republican Sen. Ted Cruz laid into Attorney General Merrick Garland during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday over allegations that the Biden Justice Department has been weaponized to go after political opponents.
A fiery Cruz pressed Garland over a memo that he sent to the FBI following a National School Boards Association letter that suggested that the actions of some parents frustrated with certain school policies could rise to the level of domestic terrorism. Cruz also pressed Garland over whether he sought an ethics opinion over a potential conflict-of-interest involving his son-in-law.
Cruz said, “For eight years under Barack Obama, the Department of Justice was politicized and weaponized. When you came before this committee in your confirmation hearing, you promised things would be different.”
“I asked you specifically, quote, “Will you commit to this committee that under your leadership, the Department of Justice will not target the political opponents of this administration?” Here was your answer, quote, “absolutely. It’s totally inappropriate for the department to target any individual because of their politics or their position in a campaign.” That was your promise just a few months ago. I’m sorry to say you have broken that promise,” Cruz continued.
“There is a difference between law and politics. And General Garland, you know the difference between law and politics. Law is based on facts; it is impartial; it is not used as a tool of political retribution. This memo was not law. This memo was politics.”
“On Wednesday, September 29, the National School Board Association wrote a letter to the president asking the president to use the Department of Justice to target parents that were upset at Critical Race Theory, that were upset at mask mandates in schools, to target them as domestic terrorists. On the face of the letter, the letter was in repeated consultation with the White House, in explicit political consultation with the White House, that was on Wednesday, September 29.”
“Five days later, on Monday, so right after the weekend, boom, you pop out a memo giving them exactly what they want. Now, by the way, I understand that, in politics, that happens all the time. An important special interest wants something, sir, yes, sir. We’re going to listen to him. Let me ask you something, General Garland. In the letter, which you told the House of Representatives was the basis for this abusive memo targeting parents, how many incidents are cited in that memo?”
Garland responded, saying “I don’t know.”
Cruz then responded saying, “You don’t know. And there’s a reason you don’t know. Because you didn’t care and nobody in your office cared to find out. “
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton also went after Garland on Wednesday, saying that he should “resign in disgrace” for directing the FBI to investigate and crack down on “parents at school board meetings.”
“This is shameful. Judge, this is shameful,” Cotton said to conclude his 8 minute round of questioning. “This testimony, your directive, your performance is shameful. Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace, judge.”
Author: Chase Raddick