Sen. Cruz angers DOJ official over lack of law enforcement for protesters at Supreme Court Justices’ homes

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Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz grilled a senior Justice Department official on Wednesday over the lack of arrests by law enforcement officials while protesters demonstrated outside the homes of Supreme Court justices earlier this year.

“The Congress has dealt with this issue. It passed 18 USC 1507, making it a felony to protest outside a Supreme Court justice’s home while a case is pending,” Cruz told Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. “Night after night after night these protesters committed federal crimes on national television. Why did the Justice Department refuse to enforce 18 USC 1507?”

Polite responded to Cruz by pointing out that an individual has been charged with a felony by the US Attorney’s office in Maryland after demonstrating outside the home of a Supreme Court judge.

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“So, a person?” Cruz replied.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., speaks during a television interview in response to US President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of the US Congress
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“To date there has been an indictment,” Polite replied before Cruz stepped in again.

“What about the hundreds of others?” asked Cruz. “Everyone broke the law. At first glance, it’s not complicated. The law is very clear. Why does the Justice Department choose which laws to enforce, which criminal laws to enforce? Why does it seem to follow the exact pattern of Biden’s White House party preferences?”

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Politely replied: “Politics should not and does not play a role in our prosecution decisions. What I also want to add is that our Attorney General has increased the resources of the US Marshal…to protect our Supreme Court Justices.”

Cruz then asked again why more people weren’t being arrested for violating federal law and why the department “refuses” to enforce the law.

“Respectfully Senator, I disagree that we chose not to enforce it,” Polite said.

Senator Ted Cruz spoke to Fox News Digital at the Turning Point USA conference in Tampa, Florida.

Senator Ted Cruz spoke to Fox News Digital at the Turning Point USA conference in Tampa, Florida.
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Polite added that he “could not comment” on the “current status” of potential cases, as Cruz pressed again for the hundreds of protesters picketing outside judges’ homes.

Polite later said that he did not believe the one Maryland prosecution he was referring to was based on the penal code Cruz was referring to.

“I think you have to obey the law,” Cruz said at the end of the call.

Police officers stand guard as protesters march past the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Police officers stand guard as protesters march past the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
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In addition to the hundreds of protesters who gathered after the leak of an advisory pointing to the impending ouster of Roe v. Wade pointed out that while picketing outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, a 26-year-old California man was arrested for allegedly attempting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh outside his Maryland home.