Breitbart News reports that if the GOP takes the Senate in the midterm elections, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland could face impeachment proceedings over the Department of Justice’s failure to enforce a federal statute that prevents picketing or parading outside of Supreme Court Justices’ homes.
Conservative Supreme Court Justices were subjected to intimidating demonstrations outside their residences in Maryland and Virginia following the leak of the decision in May indicating that Roe v. Wade would be overturned. According to 18 U.S. Code § 1507, it is illegal to attempt to influence a judge’s ruling or interfere with the discharge of their duty with pickets or parades near any building occupied by a judge.
As protests commenced following the leak, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) and Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) penned a letter to Garland on May 11, calling on him to enforce 18 U.S. Code § 1507. Youngkin later appeared on Fox News Channel’s Jesse Waters Tonight and noted he did not believe Garland would enforce the statute despite his and Hogan’s pleas.
“This leak was done in order to cause chaos — and it did,” Youngkin told Breitbart News in June: “The whole purpose was to encourage people to parade and picket to try to intimidate and influence justices — and that’s wrong. It’s just flat wrong, and to do it in front of their homes is just unfathomable. We know that it puts their lives at risk because we see what happened with the murder attempt on Justice Kavanaugh. I’ve been worried about their families, I’ve been worried about their neighbors.”
Indeed, authorities subsequently arrested a man on June 8 near Brett Kavanaugh’s residence who allegedly planned to assassinate the Justice.
While speaking with the Washington Free Beacon, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who — if Republicans take back the House — is slated to head up the House Judiciary Committee, did not dismiss the idea of a Garland impeachment inquiry: “That’ll be a decision that will be made by the entire conference.”