Attorney General Garland faces sharp criticism, threat of impeachment, over partisan response to SCOTUS abortion ruling

The Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated abortion rights ruling on Friday that overturned the controversial Roe v. Wade precedent, and Attorney General Merrick Garland wasted no time in issuing a statement in response to the high court’s decision.

That statement from Garland was highly partisan and clearly political, however, and should lead to Garland’s impeachment and removal from office by Congress, RedState‘s Bonchie argued.

That is because the Department of Justice, and necessarily the attorney general who oversees it, is supposed to be a dispassionate and neutral independent agency that simply enforces federal laws and steers clear of partisan politics.

Attorney General’s partisan reaction

“The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the Court’s decision,” AG Garland said in the statement. “This decision deals a devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States. It will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country. And it will be greatly disproportionate in its effect — with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means.”

RedState pointed out the apparent soft bigotry of Garland’s statement with regard to “people of color” being most impacted by the overruling of Roe, but that was far from the only line Garland crossed, as he also seemed to suggest — out of thin air, mind you — that abortion somehow constituted interstate commerce and therefore couldn’t be regulated by the states.

“We recognize that traveling to obtain reproductive care may not be feasible in many circumstances,” Garland said. “But under bedrock constitutional principles, women who reside in states that have banned access to comprehensive reproductive care must remain free to seek that care in states where it is legal. Moreover, under fundamental First Amendment principles, individuals must remain free to inform and counsel each other about the reproductive care that is available in other states.”

Garland’s pro-abortion advocacy

What was really impeachable in AG Garland’s statement, however, according to RedState, was his clear and openly stated advocacy in favor of abortion rights, which the outlet asserted was certainly “not within the purview of the DOJ.”

“The Justice Department will work tirelessly to protect and advance reproductive freedom,” Garland said, such as continuing to enforce laws protecting abortion clinics and providers in states where the procedures will remain legal.

“The Department strongly supports efforts by Congress to codify Americans’ reproductive rights, which it retains the authority to do. We also support other legislative efforts to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive services,” the attorney general continued. “And we stand ready to work with other arms of the federal government that seek to use their lawful authorities to protect and preserve access to reproductive care.”

Finally, Garland clearly implied that federal agencies would ignore the court’s ruling and continue to provide abortions regardless of the particular state laws on abortion where those procedures might occur, and further asserted that all federal employees would be immune from prosecution for violating state laws regulating abortions.

House GOP already gearing up to punish Garland for partisanship

The Washington Times recently reported that congressional Republicans, in light of the likelihood of GOP control after the midterm elections in November, were already making plans to possibly impeach or otherwise hold Attorney General Garland accountable for several other instances during his brief tenure thus far of clear partisanship.

This latest example will undoubtedly be added to the list of others — selective enforcement of certain laws, non-prosecution against leftists, the full weight of the DOJ against conservatives — that will likely be used by House Republicans to hold Garland in contempt, issue articles of impeachment, or merely force his early resignation.

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