Watch: Sen. Katie Britt Blows Lid off Garland DOJ's Deception on Protection for SCOTUS Justices

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It’s not uncommon for freshman members of the House and Senate to spend their first year in Congress getting to know the ropes and the lay of the land while not wanting to ruffle too many feathers.


Fortunately for Republicans, Sen. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) understands that you can (and should) seek to make waves when the situation warrants it, as evidenced by her smooth takedown of Dept. of Justice Attorney General Merrick Garland over the deception the department has shown under his so-called leadership on the issue of protecting Supreme Court Justices before, during, and after a majority voted to overturn Roe v. Wade last June.

It all went down during a Tuesday budget hearing where Garland was asking for more money to the tune of $21 million “to pay for 42 additional deputy marshals in the next fiscal year”:

At the budget hearing Tuesday, Sen. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) displayed enlargements of training materials for the marshals’ protection mission showing that the deputies were strongly discouraged from making arrests unless they were essential to protecting the justices or their families. A spokesperson for Britt said her office obtained them from a whistleblower “concerned about the attorney general’s misleading testimony before the Judiciary Committee.”

“Avoid, unless absolutely necessary, criminal enforcement action involving the protest or protestors, particularly on public space,” one bullet point from the training presentation said.

While Justice Department officials have repeatedly declined to comment on whether they consider the anti-protest statute constitutional, the training materials suggest that DOJ lawyers concluded that enforcing the statute against ordinary protests aimed at the justices could run afoul of the First Amendment.

“The ‘intent of influencing any judge’ language thus logically goes to threats and intimidation, not 1st [Amendment] protected protest activities,” the training materials say, calling any arrests a “last resort to present physical harm to the Justices and/or their families.”

Britt said the slides undercut Garland’s earlier claim that the marshals “have full authority to arrest people under any federal statute, including that federal statute.”


Under Britt’s questioning, Garland denied being aware of the training materials she confronted him on and told Britt he would not “amend” his earlier statements where he said the marshals had the authority to arrest leftist agitators under U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1507 which states that:

Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt.

In response to Garland’s refusal to amend prior statements, Britt told him that “It’s clear the marshals were given a different directive and I would ask you to look into that, please.”



The full exchange can be watched below:

It’s become more than clear over just the last few months alone that Biden’s Dept. of Justice cares more about blatant partisanship and preserving woke narratives while punishing innocent citizens including concerned parents along the way while at the same time routinely protecting so-called “protesters” on the left who deliberately break the law.

Hats off to Britt for not only calling Garland out but also for bringing the receipts to back it up and exposing his dangerously duplicitous nature in the process.

That’s how it’s done. More, please.

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