President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, Merrick Garland, during day one of his confirmation hearing on Monday and made a mind-boggling claim in an apparent attempt to justify what many are calling domestic terror attacks.
Garland bizarrely claimed during the hearing that Antifa’s attacks on federal courthouses in the Pacific Northwest do not qualify – in his eyes – as domestic terrorism because the attacks happen at night when the court is closed.
Garland’s main point in attempting to make this distinction is to claim that the breach of the capitol on Jan. 6 was a form of domestic terrorism – setting the foundation for him to go after those involved in the capitol riot while continuing to give the more dangerous Antifa terrorists a pass.
“Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, D.C. Portland, for instance, Seattle,” Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said. “Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism?”
“Well, senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition is the use of violence or threats of violence in an attempt to disrupt democratic processes,” Garland responded. “So an attack on a courthouse while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases that plainly is, um, domestic extremism, um domestic terrorism.”
“An attack simply on government property at night or any other kind of circumstances is a clear crime and a serious one and should be punished,” Garland responded. “I don’t mean, I don’t know enough about the facts of the example you’re talking about, but that’s where I draw the line when it one is, both are criminal, but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions.”
Hawley’s question came after far-left rioters repeatedly attacked the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland over the summer, even brawling with federal officers who were sent to protect the building at one point.
Garland claimed during the hearing that the U.S. is currently in a period “more dangerous” than after the Oklahoma City bombing happened in the 90s, which killed nearly 170 people.
“150 years after the Department’s founding, battling extremist attacks on our democratic institutions also remains central to the Department’s mission,” Garland said. “From 1995 to 1997, I supervised the prosecution of the perpetrators of the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, who sought to spark a revolution that would topple the Federal Government. If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy, the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”
On the issue of investigating the riot that happened at the U.S. Capitol back in January, Garland said that it would be his first priority as attorney general if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“We begin with the people on the ground and we work our way up to those who are involved and further involved,” Garland said, adding later, “We also have to have a focus on what is happening all over the country and on where this could spread, and where this came from.”