GOPers blast AG Garland, say DOJ ‘targeting people of faith’

A trio of GOP senators tore into Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department Wednesday for throwing the book at a Catholic pro-life activist while seeming to ignore attacks on crisis pregnancy centers.

“Why do you send two dozen agents in body armor to arrest a sidewalk counselor who happens to be pro-life, but you don’t devote resources to prosecute people who are violently firebombing crisis pregnancy centers?” asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “If you’re a violent criminal and you attack a crisis pregnancy center, that is not a priority in the Biden Department of Justice.”

Cruz was referencing the case of Mark Houck — a Pennsylvania father of seven who was arrested at his home in September by a team of FBI agents and charged with two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Houck, 48, faced up to 11 years in prison after he shoved a Planned Parenthood employee who verbally harassed his son to the ground in October 2021.

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GOP senators questioned FBI intervention in the Mark Houck arrest.

The Catholic activist was apprehended by agents carrying long guns and slapped with the federal offenses — despite authorities like far-left Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner opting not to bring a local case. In February, a jury acquitted Houck of all charges.

In response to Cruz, Garland said he “did not know” about the operation that led to Houck’s arrest and added: “The way you are describing it, my understanding is the FBI disagrees with that description.”