Republicans are doing everything they can to stop the weaponization of the federal judicial branch by the Biden administration.
Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice are finally in their crosshairs, and time is of the essence.
And Rep. Thomas Massie just showed how important the issue is when he totally embarrassed Merrick Garland during this committee hearing.
House Judiciary Committee holds hearing to question Merrick Garland on “weaponization”
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Wednesday where they questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland about his role since taking office in 2021.
The committee’s website says the purpose of the hearing was to “examine how the Justice Department has become politicized and weaponized under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland.”
The AG has been the head of the Department of Justice since 2021 and has overseen the apprehension and prosecution of protesters and journalists associated with January 6th.
Many conservative critics have wondered why the federal government was picking up innocent bystanders from that event while letting people like Ray Epps walk free.
Epps has been accused of being an informant after videos of him encouraging protesters to enter the capital.
Enrique Tarrio wasn’t even in Washington, D.C. on January 6th, but he is now serving 22 years in prison.
Ray Epps incited an insurrection, yet he won’t go to jail for a SINGLE DAY.
The DOJ is clearly engaging in a coverup.
What are they trying to hide?
— Alexander Sheppard 🇺🇸 (@NotAlexSheppard) September 21, 2023
Until this week, Epps had yet to be charged—now he’s only facing a misdemeanor.
Garland refuses to provide an answer about government “agents or assets” present on J6
Garland was given the opportunity to explain himself to House investigators and the American people.
However, Garland wasn’t interested in cooperating when asked about the potential that informants were embedded in the crowd.
Rep. Thomas Massie took a major swing at the Attorney General by forcing him to review a video from his previous testimony.
“In that video, that was your answer to a question to me two years ago when I said, ‘how many agents or assets of the government were present on January 5th and January 6th…’ can you answer that now?” Massie asked.
“I don’t know the answer to that question,” Garland responded.
“You don’t know how many there were, or there were none?” Massie pressed.
“I don’t know the answer to either of those questions. If there were any, I don’t know how many, I don’t know whether there are any,” Garland continued said.
Massie went onto warn Garland that he may have just perjured himself.
Rep. @RepThomasMassie questions Merrick Garland on Ray Epps: “You indicted him on a misdemeanors and meanwhile you’re sending grandmas to prison. You’re putting people away for 20 years for merely filming. Some weren’t even there but you got the guy on video saying go into the… pic.twitter.com/iCoDCIl0fQ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 20, 2023
Massie slams the double-standard in regards to treatment of Ray Epps
“You’ve had two years to find out. By the way that was in reference to Ray Epps and yesterday you indicted him. Isn’t that a wonderful coincidence? On a misdemeanor!” he said, slamming Garland.
Massie went on to explain how difficult it is for Americans to believe that Epps was indicted on a misdemeanor while the DOJ is “sending grandmas to prison…putting people away for 20 years merely for filming.”
“Some weren’t even there but you got the guy on video saying go into the Capitol, he’s at the site of the first breach, and it’s an indictment on a misdemeanor,” Massie continued.
“You’ve got all the goods on him, ten videos and it’s an indictment for a misdemeanor? The American public isn’t buying it,” he finished.
Garland then asked for a response, and he might have been better to stay silent.
“Um, in the cases of discovery, um, which were filed with respect to January 6, the prosecutors provided whatever information they had about, uh, the question that you’re asking,” Garland said nervously.
“Um, Mr. Epps has been charged, um, and I believe there is a proceeding going on today on that subject,” the AG said.
Massie finished his time telling Garland, “The charge is a joke. I yield back to the Chairman.”