House Republicans probe DOJ for info on reluctance to enforce federal law amid protests at justices' homes

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EXCLUSIVE: House Oversight Committee Republicans are probing the Department of Justice for information regarding how the agency plans to enforce federal laws protecting judges, after a leaked draft opinion signaling the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade sparked large pro-choice protests.

Garland was initially silent on continued protests by activists outside conservative Supreme Court justices' homes over the last week, despite a federal law that makes it illegal to attempt to "influence" federal officials and the outcome of a court case, but DOJ addressed the protests in a statement Wednesday.

"Attorney General Garland continues to be briefed on security matters related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Justices," Justice Department spokesperson Anthony Coley said.

"The Attorney General directed the U. S. Marshals Service to help ensure the Justices’ safety by providing additional support to the Marshal of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Police."

Federal U. S. code 1507, states that any individual who "pickets or parades" with the "intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer" near a U.S. court or "near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer" will be fined, or "imprisoned not more than one year, or both."

In a letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland Friday led by committee ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., the lawmakers ask DOJ for details on its efforts to "enforce federal laws protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court."

"In the wake of the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion on a matter currently pending before the Supreme Court, a reactionary wave of violence by radical idealogues has descended upon the country, as crisis pregnancy centers, pro-life organizations and churches have been vandalized and subject to arson attacks and theft of sacred objects," the lawmakers write.

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