On Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Marshals Service, demanding answers as to why officers were ordered to not arrest far-left protesters who swarmed the homes of Supreme Court justices in 2022.
The New York Post reports that in his letter, Chairman Jordan refers to official training slides that allegedly told Marshals to not make arrests during the protests against the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in May last year, despite many such protests turning violent.
“Following the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in May 2022, some Supreme Court justices faced relentless protests at their homes, seemingly intended to influence the Court’s decision,” Jordan said in his letter. “Although federal law prohibits picketing near the residence of a federal judge with the intent to influence the judge’s official duties, recent evidence indicates that the U.S. Marshals protecting the justices were directed to ‘not’ conduct arrests ‘unless it was absolutely necessary.’”
Jordan called this revelation “troubling,” particularly in the context of “recent left-wing attempts to intimidate and influence the Court.”
The protests by far-left, pro-abortion activists ultimately culminated in one man – 22-year-old Nicholas John Roske from California – being arrested with multiple weapons on his person, after he traveled to Maryland in an attempt to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But other than Roske, Jordan notes, there were “no other arrests or charges for agitators demonstrating outside of the justices’ homes — despite the actions clearly violating federal law.”
“The training materials provided to the U.S. Marshals strongly suggest that the Biden Administration is continuing to weaponize federal law enforcement agencies for partisan purposes,” Jordan added.
The draft of the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked several months before the decision was officially made, in what Justice Samuel Alito described as “part of an effort to prevent the Dobbs draft … from becoming the decision of the court.” Alito added that the conservative justices who ultimately ruled to overturn Roe became “targets of assassination.”
In addition to the threats and harassment against conservative Supreme Court justices, the Dobbs decision led to numerous violent protests by pro-abortion radicals across the country, with many churches and pro-life pregnancy centers being vandalized and firebombed. Few arrests have been made in these cases as well, generating further criticism of Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) becoming politicized with a clear bias against conservatives.