Iowa GOP Sen. Charles Grassley may not be a spring chicken anymore, but he’s got more vigor and fire in his belly than any 10 Democrats when it comes to protecting what is left of our governing institutions.
And once again, he’s demanding answers for what he sees as a grave injustice coming from Joe Biden’s ‘Justice’ Dept.
In a letter last week to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Grassley is demanding that he “treat all forms of domestic extremism equally” after seeing obvious disparities between the way Jan. 6 rioters and far-left Antifa and BLM rioters have been treated by federal authorities.
The Federalist notes:
Grassley questioned the Department of Justice’s approach to federal prosecutions of rioters. More than half of all Portland riot cases were or will be dismissed, but when it comes to handling cases of rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, more than 400 defendants were charged.
Grassley pointed to the “enormous and unprecedented” violence of 2020, citing a Princeton study that found more than 500 unique riots broke out across the country last year. The letter also refers to 14,000 people arrested in 49 cities, the hundreds of injured police officers, and the violent siege of the courthouse in Portland.
“I write to you to again express my concern that the Department of Justice is not treating all forms of domestic extremism equally,” his letter begins.
“This concern will not be new to you. On February 2, 2021, I wrote to ask about the Department’s preparations for the 2020 riots. The scale of the riots that year was enormous and unprecedented. A Princeton study found over 500 unique riots occurred that year,” the letter continued.
“Fourteen thousand people were arrested in 49 cities. Hundreds if not thousands of police officers were injured. This included hundreds of injuries at a months-long violent siege of the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, as well as dozens of injuries in an attack on the White House in Washington, D.C. Over 400 domestic extremism investigations were opened, a 40% increase in the FBI’s domestic terrorism caseload in a single year,” the Iowa Republican added.
He went on to mention that he had written to Garland in early May expressing concerns about “an anarchist extremist plot targeting police officers,” and from the tone of Grassley’s letter, it doesn’t sound as though the AG has bothered to respond.
“I share the concerns of former Attorney General Bill Barr and former Acting Secretary for Homeland Security Chad Wolf that the federal government appears to have robust capabilities in targeting militia extremists and white supremacists, but very little capability in fighting anarchist extremism,” Grassley continued.
“As a result of this lack of historical expertise and collection, opportunities to investigate criminal conspiracies such as the one I highlighted in my May letter are often missed.”
“Missed.” Of course. More like ‘intentionally overlooked’ — as in, ignored.
“While the Department of Justice under your leadership spares no effort to prosecute every offense including misdemeanors and trespass if associated with the Capitol breach, which I find no fault with, the same cannot be said of the hundreds of riots that occurred in 2020. Indeed, according to reporting, prosecutors handling federal felony cases in Portland have approved deferred resolution agreements instead of prosecuting the cases,” Grassley continued.
“This leniency is distinct from the aggressive prosecution of January 6 related crimes. The law must be applied equally without regard to party, power or privilege. When the Department of Justice treats similar criminal acts differently, such conduct erodes faith in our governmental institutions and the law,” he noted further, before listing several questions he would like to have answered regarding arrest and prosecution comparisons to the Capitol riot Jan. 46 and a summer and fall’s worth of riots aimed at federal property in Portland.
Surely, Grassley won’t be holding his breath waiting for the answers.