Catholic-Related Crossfire on Capitol Hill

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by Church Militant  •  •  September 21, 2023   

America's attorney general spars with Republicans

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WASHINGTON ( - During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland faced accusations of operating the Department of Justice (DOJ) with an anti-Catholic bias and favoritism towards the Biden administration.

Targeting Catholics

Representative Jefferson Van Drew, a Republican from New Jersey, had a contentious exchange with Garland regarding the DOJ's handling of investigations of traditional Catholics.

  • Rep. Van Drew asked if traditional Catholics are violent extremists, a question which Garland initially hesitated to answer.
  • Garland, who comes from a Jewish immigrant family, vehemently denied discrimination against any religion and expressed outrage at the question.
  • "The idea that someone with my family background would discriminate against any religion is so outrageous — so absurd that you would ask me that question," Garland said.
  • After much sparring, Garland finally stated, "Catholics are not extremists, no."

Targeting Parents

Garland also asserted that parents attending school board meetings should not be considered domestic terror threats, referring to a past memo by the FBI categorizing them as such.

Handling of Hunter Biden

Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio who chairs the Committee, questioned Garland about the DOJ's management of its investigation into Hunter Biden's involvement with Burisma, an energy firm in Ukraine. President Biden and family members are alleged to have illegally profited from those dealings in an influence-peddling scheme by Joe Biden when he was vice president.

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