Trump scores another Win in Mar-a-Lago case



Trump scores another Win in Mar-a-Lago case

Special Master Raymond Dearie had sought to require that Trump substantiate his claims that the FBI planted evidence during the raid.

By Ben Whedon

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday scored a major win in the ongoing court battle pertaining to the FBI’s seizure of documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate in early August.

“There shall be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to the review of any of the Seized Materials, to lodge ex ante final objections to the accuracy of Defendant’s Inventory, its descriptions, or its contents,” wrote U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in the Thursday ruling.

Special Master Raymond Dearie, whom Cannon appointed to independently review the documents the bureau seized, had sought to require that Trump substantiate his claims that the FBI planted evidence during the raid. Trump repeatedly suggested such on social media posts but his lawyers stopped short of making the claims in formal court filings.

Trump’s legal team submitted Dearie as a candidate to fill the role of special master. The DOJ agreed that he was a qualified choice and Judge Cannon appointed him earlier this month.

Moreover, Cannon extended the timeline for the special master review. The Department of Justice has until Oct. 14 to fully make available to Trump all of the relevant documents. Trump then has three weeks to present Dearie and the DOJ with a comprehensive review of those materials and make any claims to attorney-client or executive privilege or to claim them as personal or presidential records under the Presidential Records Act.

Trump must make each claim on a “document by document basis,” Cannon ruled. The DOJ will then have ten days to dispute any of Trump’s claims. Cannon further delayed the final deadline for the special master to complete his review to Dec. 16, 2022.

“This modest enlargement is necessary to permit adequate time for the Special Master’s review and recommendations given the circumstances as they have evolved since entry of the Appointment Order,” she wrote.

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22 Lawmakers Demand Merrick Garland Explain Raid on Pro-Life Activist’s Home



22 Lawmakers Demand Merrick Garland Explain Raid on Pro-Life Activist’s Home

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As many as 22 lawmakers have called upon Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide an explanation as to why the FBI allegedly sent 25-30 fully-armed agents to arrest Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck as his “screaming” children watched in horror.

Released Tuesday, the open letter  spearheaded by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said that the FBI should have an “extraordinary reason” for arresting Houck the way they allegedly did. The letter said:

There is much to learn about the extent of the FBI’s operations in this case, apparently since state-level charges were apparently dismissed by local authorities in Philadelphia. Surely, the FBI must have an extraordinary reason for showing up at the home of an American family, allegedly with roughly 25 heavily armed federal agents, and arresting a father in front of his seven children.

“At the moment, it appears to be an extraordinary overreach for political ends,” the letter added.

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The letter demanded that Merrick Garland respond by September 30.

Republican Congressman Chip Roy of Texas told Fox News that the raid against Houck is further indicative of how politicized the FBI and the Department of Justice have become under President Joe Biden.

Mark Houck, the founder and president of The King’s Men — a group dedicated to helping men become better husbands, fathers, and leaders — was arrested at his rural Pennsylvania home last Friday for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act during his regular sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion clinic in 2021. Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, said that around 25 to 30 fully armored FBI agents stormed their property early Friday morning, aiming their rifles as the children screamed in horror.

The FBI denied sending a SWAT team to Houck’s residence while not denying that 25 to 30 fully-armed FBI agents were on site to apprehend Houck that morning…

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Why The FBI’s Raid On A Christian Family Is Its Most Dangerous Abuse Yet

Why The FBI’s Raid On A Christian Family Is Its Most Dangerous Abuse Yet

Watch the below piece, plus an interview with The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson, here.

The left doesn’t need orders from the top. Indeed, more often than not the left is governed from the bottom up.

This isn’t easy for conservatives to understand. Most of us, by disposition, respect hierarchy. A father at the head of the family, a boss at the head of a company, a president at the head of a country, a pope at the head of a church, and so on. So it’s natural for us to imagine that everyone looks at the world this way.

That’s one reason why when we see some new left-wing front open up in the culture war, we try to find the hidden hand controlling it — the George Soros, or the Michael Bloomberg, or Joe Biden.

But most of the time, the left doesn’t think this way. More importantly, the left doesn’t act this way. 

This phenomenon of ground-up left-wing governance can be seen all around us.

It’s happening in corporate America, where far from leading the charge, left-wing CEOs increasingly find themselves held captive to radical employees.

It’s true in the federal government, too. President Barack Obama didn’t need to call Lois Lerner to ask her to crack down on conservative organizations applying for nonprofit tax statuses.

It’s true for the left’s countless local political “machines” as well. They don’t operate with the push of a button or the pull of a lever, but rather live with everybody simply doing their parts. In the words of one Philadelphia Democratic insider who spoke to The Federalist, their machine is more like a “living organism” that doesn’t need instructions “to know how to breathe.” 

It’s even true in the once-famously top-down nonprofit world, which has become so hobbled by ground-floor activism it can barely function anymore. 

Finally, it’s true in the FBI.

Last March, the FBI raided the home of pro-life activists connected with efforts to expose infanticide at a nearby abortion facility. President Biden didn’t have to order that raid.

Similarly, it’s very unlikely he told the FBI to investigate parents concerned about rape, transgender propaganda, and critical race theory in Loudoun County schools.

Finally, we can be virtually certain Biden had no involvement in last Friday’s FBI raid on Mark Houck’s home. Houck, you’ve maybe heard by now, is a Catholic pro-life activist and father of seven in Philadelphia, who got into a minor shoving match outside an abortion mill a year ago after an activist intimidated his 12-year-old.

Pro-abortion campaigners sought charges at the local level and failed. They tried to sue Houck in civil courts but failed there as well. So finally, last week, they got a few dozen armed federal agents to raid Houck’s home, and then charged him with the federal crime of “interfering with a provider of reproductive health care.” He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Biden didn’t have to order that raid nor those charges. They didn’t trickle down from the top. They bubbled up from the bottom.

That doesn’t mean much to Houck, who was loaded into a squad car while his kids cried, his frightened wife rushed to try to get his rosaries, and armed federal agents milled about sheepishly on his front porch.

But the bottom-up tyranny of the left will have real consequences for all of us. Possibly deadly ones. 

What we’re seeing in the FBI is two old storm systems colliding with a brand new one.

First, the old: The FBI has been political for most of its history. When you notice a lack of investigations and prosecutions of Antifa members, Jane’s Revenge terrorists, or Catholic church arsonists, you’re noticing the same trends Congressman Richard Nixon noticed all the way back in the ’40s.

Because of this, Nixon famously declined to share his evidence of Soviet spies in the Truman administration with the FBI. He knew that while Congress might expose and convict those spies, the feds would prefer to bury the embarrassment. Politics, you know.

Another constant is what one former DOJ staffer describes as “the G.I. Joe effect.” Federal field agents often lack common sense on optics and have a love for shock-and-awe force. They like looking like badass superheroes, even when the “bad guys” they’re taking down are just middle-aged dads who protest outside abortion facilities.

These two desires — looking macho and hiding embarrassments — are both regrettable but constant aspects of human nature. When you combine them with a groundswell of left-wing activism, you’ve got something dangerous on your hands, a perfect storm of sorts.

Because when people see family men — fathers of seven, Christians, and pillars of their local community — cuffed in dawn raids in front of their wives and children, they see red. Regular people — normal people — see red.

When the FBI raided former President Donald Trump on a flimsy pretext last month, we knew it was bad. But most of us know that this latest show of brute force is even worse.

The raid on Trump was wrong in an intellectual sense; we can use reason to see how harassing former presidents damages our republic. But rounding up ordinary men who are a threat to nobody? That’s evil. We feel it in our gut. This could happen to us, and we know it.

And that’s bad for more than just short-term political reasons. This isn’t some political intrigue or Machiavellian statecraft. This is tyranny — brute-force tyranny, pure and simple.

“We have the guns, and you don’t. And even if you did have your guns you wouldn’t dare.”

This is political brinksmanship, not with Soviet subs or Chinese destroyers or Mexican cartels, but with us: everyday Americans.

To put it plainly, this is very, very dangerous stuff. It’s a form of political aggression that invites retaliation and risks a cycle of escalation that only ends when this republic is destroyed completely.

In one of his many prescient speeches, a 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln warned of what happens when bad men escape justice. When “the lawless in spirit” go unpunished, he said, they are “encouraged to become lawless in practice; and having been used to no restraint, but dread punishment, they thus become absolutely unrestrained.”

On the other hand — and even more deadly than this — Lincoln predicted how good men respond to this.

“Good men,” he said, “who love tranquility, who desire to abide by the laws, and … who would gladly spill their blood in the defense of their country, seeing their property destroyed, their families insulted, and their lives endangered … and seeing nothing in prospect that forebodes a change for the better, become tired of and disgusted with a government that offers them no protection; and are not much averse to a change in which they imagine they have nothing to lose.”

This is how things come apart. Not actions far removed, in distant Washington or London, Brussels or Mar-a-Lago — but those that take place in our bedrooms, in our living rooms, and on our front porches.

These are dangerous times. We must be immensely careful and keep firm control of our passions.


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22 Lawmakers Demand Merrick Garland Explain Alleged FBI SWAT Raid on Catholic Pro-Life Activist Mark Houck

As many as 22 lawmakers have called upon Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide an explanation as to why the FBI allegedly sent 25-30 fully-armed agents to arrest Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck as his “screaming” children watched in horror.

Released Tuesday, the open letter  spearheaded by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said that the FBI should have an “extraordinary reason” for arresting Houck the way they allegedly did. The letter said:

There is much to learn about the extent of the FBI’s operations in this case, apparently since state-level charges were apparently dismissed by local authorities in Philadelphia. Surely, the FBI must have an extraordinary reason for showing up at the home of an American family, allegedly with roughly 25 heavily armed federal agents, and arresting a father in front of his seven children.

“At the moment, it appears to be an extraordinary overreach for political ends,” the letter added.

The letter demanded that Merrick Garland respond by September 30.

Republican Congressman Chip Roy of Texas told Fox News that the raid against Houck is further indicative of how politicized the FBI and the Department of Justice have become under President Joe Biden.

Mark Houck, the founder and president of The King’s Men — a group dedicated to helping men become better husbands, fathers, and leaders — was arrested at his rural Pennsylvania home last Friday for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act during his regular sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion clinic in 2021. Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, said that around 25 to 30 fully armored FBI agents stormed their property early Friday morning, aiming their rifles as the children screamed in horror.

The FBI denied sending a SWAT team to Houck’s residence while not denying that 25 to 30 fully-armed FBI agents were on site to apprehend Houck that morning. The FBI said:

There are inaccurate claims being made regarding the arrest of Mark Houck. No SWAT Team or SWAT operators were involved. FBI agents knocked on Mr. Houck’s front door, identified themselves as FBI agents and asked him to exit the residence. He did so and was taken into custody without incident pursuant to an indictment.

The FACE Act violation allegedly stems from an incident in which Houck shoved a 72-year-old abortion activist escorting women into a Planned Parenthood clinic. Houck’s family maintains that the man had been harassing his 12-year-old son.

Though media reports that the escort required “medical attention” after Houck shoved him, Brian Middleton, a spokesman for the Houck family, told Catholic News Agency (CNA) that the escort needed little more than a band-aid and sustained no serious injury. The spokesman also said that the Houck family is now seeking to obtain video evidence of the incident. Both Philadelphia police and the district attorney declined to file charges against Houck, and though the escort filed a private criminal complaint in Philadelphia municipal court, the case was allegedly dismissed in July.

According to attorney Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel, Houck agreed to turn himself over to authorities voluntarily three months ago.

“Rather than accepting Mark Houck’s offer to appear voluntarily, the Biden Department of Justice chose to make an unnecessary show of potentially deadly force, sending twenty heavily armed federal agents to the Houck residence at dawn this past Friday,” Breen told Breitbart News. “In threatening form, after nearly breaking down the family’s front door, at least five agents pointed guns at Mark’s head and arrested him in front of his wife and seven young children, who were terrified that their husband and father would be shot dead before their eyes.”

“This case is being brought solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans,” he added. “Mark Houck is innocent of these lawless charges, and we intend to prove that in court.”

The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to intimidate, injure, or interfere with anyone attempting to provide abortion access. U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said:

Assault is always a serious offense, and under the FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime. Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.

“Put simply, violence is never the answer,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Violating the FACE Act by committing a physical assault is a serious crime for which the FBI will work to hold offenders accountable.”

Houck’s attorney, Peter Breen, also told Breitbart News that the Thomas More Society notified the Biden DOJ that the “FACE Act does not cover one-on-one altercations.”

Houck could face up to 11 years in prison and fines up to $350,000 if found guilty.

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FBI whistleblower’s wife suspended by Social Media after sending a private message

FBI whistleblower’s wife suspended by Social Media after sending a private message


FBI whistleblower’s wife suspended from Facebook after sending a private message

Part of the reason Whistleblower Steve Friend spoke out against the FBI was that he believed the January 6 investigations were violating constitutional rights. 

By Charlotte Hazard

President of Empower Oversight Whistleblowers and Research, Jason Foster, discusses the mistreatment of whistleblowers and their families when they come forward.

“The FBI is notorious for retaliating against whistleblowers,” Jason Foster told the “Just the News, Not Noise” show Monday. “They’re just getting smarter at it by using security clearances as a pretext.”

FBI special agent Steve Friend is a whistleblower who spoke out against wrongdoing regarding the January 6 Capitol riot and as a result, he was suspended from his position.

According to Foster, Friend’s wife had her account suspended on Facebook for merely having sent a private message.

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“What’s been reported to me is that his wife sent a private message to someone who had reached out through an intermediary and asked if there was any way that they could be helpful to Steve given what he was going through,” Foster explained. 

Friend’s wife had responded by saying she was grateful that the person had reached out and said that the best way they could help was to share the story of what happened to Steve, since he got suspended after speaking out.

“Within 30 minutes, her Facebook account was was suspended,” Foster explained. “She identified herself in the private message as Steve’s wife.”

Part of the reason Friend spoke out against the FBI was that he believed the January 6 investigations were violating constitutional rights. 

“I believed the investigations were inconsistent with FBI procedure and resulted in the violation of citizens’ Sixth and Eighth Amendment rights,” Friend had written. “I added that many of my colleagues expressed similar concerns to me but had not vocalized their objections to FBI Executive Management.”

We reached out, but the FBI has not responded for comment.

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Report: FBI Raided Catholic Activist Mark Houck Even After He Agreed to Surrender Peacefully

Report: FBI Raided Catholic Activist Mark Houck Even After He Agreed to Surrender Peacefully

The FBI reportedly sent 25-30 armed agents to apprehend pro-life Catholic activist Mark Houck at his rural Pennsylvania home in the early morning last week even after he had agreed to surrender peacefully.

According to attorney Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel, Houck agreed to turn himself over to authorities voluntarily three months ago.

“Rather than accepting Mark Houck’s offer to appear voluntarily, the Biden Department of Justice chose to make an unnecessary show of potentially deadly force, sending twenty heavily armed federal agents to the Houck residence at dawn this past Friday,” Breen told Breitbart News. “In threatening form, after nearly breaking down the family’s front door, at least five agents pointed guns at Mark’s head and arrested him in front of his wife and seven young children, who were terrified that their husband and father would be shot dead before their eyes.”

“This case is being brought solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans,” he added. “Mark Houck is innocent of these lawless charges, and we intend to prove that in court.”

Mark Houck, the founder and president of The King’s Men — a group dedicated to helping men become better husbands, fathers, and leaders — was arrested at his rural Pennsylvania home last Friday for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act during his regular sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion clinic in 2021. Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, said that around 25 to 30 fully armored FBI agents stormed their property early Friday morning, aiming their rifles as the children screamed in horror.

The FACE Act violation allegedly stems from an incident in which Houck shoved a 72-year-old abortion activist escorting women into a Planned Parenthood clinic. Houck’s family maintains that the man had been harassing his 12-year-old son.

Though media reports that the escort required “medical attention” after Houck shoved him, Brian Middleton, a spokesman for the Houck family, told Catholic News Agency (CNA) that the escort needed little more than a band-aid and sustained no serious injury. The spokesman also said that the Houck family is now seeking to obtain video evidence of the incident. Both Philadelphia police and the district attorney declined to file charges against Houck, and though the escort filed a private criminal complaint in Philadelphia municipal court, the case was allegedly dismissed in July.

In a statement to Fox News on Sunday, a spokesperson with the FBI Philadelphia field office denied that a SWAT Team had been used to apprehend Mark Houck.

“There are inaccurate claims being made regarding the arrest of Mark Houck. No SWAT Team or SWAT operators were involved. FBI agents knocked on Mr. Houck’s front door, identified themselves as FBI agents and asked him to exit the residence. He did so and was taken into custody without incident pursuant to an indictment,” the FBI said.

The FBI did not deny that up to 25-30 armored agents were on the scene or that Houck’s children witnessed the agents pointing rifles at their father and mother to arrest him for allegedly shoving someone in front of an abortion clinic.

The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to intimidate, injure, or interfere with anyone attempting to provide abortion access. U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said:

Assault is always a serious offense, and under the FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime. Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.

“Put simply, violence is never the answer,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Violating the FACE Act by committing a physical assault is a serious crime for which the FBI will work to hold offenders accountable.”

Houck’s attorney, Peter Breen, also told Breitbart News that the Thomas More Society notified the Biden DOJ that the “FACE Act does not cover one-on-one altercations.”

Houck could face up to 11 years in prison and fines up to $350,000 if found guilty.

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Ted Gunderson – Former FBI Chief Exposes ‘Illuminati’ (disturbing content)

Ted Gunderson – Former FBI Chief Exposes ‘Illuminati’ (disturbing content)

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FBI Declassifies Files on the CIA’s Involvement in Satanic Ritual Abuse and Child Sex Trafficking

After retiring from the FBI, Ted Gunderson set up a private investigation firm, “Ted L. Gunderson and Associates,” in Santa Monica. In a 1995 conference in Dallas, Gunderson warned about the proliferation of secret Satanic groups, and the danger posed by the New World Order, a shadow government that controls the U.S. government.

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FBI Raids Pro-Lifer’s Home, Arrests Him In Front Of His Kids After Ignoring Pro-Abortion Terrorism

FBI Raids Pro-Lifer’s Home, Arrests Him In Front Of His Kids After Ignoring Pro-Abortion Terrorism

Roughly 25-30 armed FBI agents with more than a dozen vehicles swarmed Catholic pro-life activist and author Mark Houck’s Pennsylvania home early Friday morning and arrested him in front of his children, according to Houck’s wife Ryan-Marie. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, she described a SWAT-style raid with agents aiming guns at the house and surrounding it before “they started pounding on the door and yelling for us to open it.”

When the father of seven answered the door, pleading with the agents to remember “my children are in the home,” Ryan-Marie said the G-men “just kept pounding and screaming.” Once Mark allowed them inside, “they had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” his wife recalled. Their children, she added, “were all at the top of the stairs which faces the front door … just screaming.”

As LifeSiteNews reported:

After asking them why they were at the house, the agents said they were there to arrest Mark. When Ryan-Marie asked for their warrant, ‘they said that they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not.’

After Ryan-Marie protested, she said, the agents finally agreed to retrieve the warrant, then showed her one page “and said they were taking him to ‘the federal building in downtown Philadelphia.’” Mark asked her to get his rosaries and a sweatshirt, she added, “but when she returned, they already had loaded him into a vehicle.”

Pushing back on Ryan-Marie’s testimony, an FBI Philadelphia spokesman claimed, “No SWAT Team or SWAT operators were involved” but that the FBI “knocked” on the Houck’s door. The person also denied that there were 25-plus agents involved and that guns were pointed at Houck’s family, but admitted to agents having “guns out and at the ready” and to there being as many as 15-20 agents at the Houcks’ home.

If Houck is convicted, he could receive “a maximum possible sentence of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $350,000,” according to a Justice Department press release.

What was his crime?

The arrest warrant shows Houck accused of “attacking a patient escort” at a Planned Parenthood facility in violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, a federal law used to restrict the actions of pro-life protesters and counselors in front of abortion facilities. Mark, who also runs a men’s ministry devoted in part to rescuing men from pornography addictions, made a habit of driving two hours to Philadelphia every week to spend his Wednesdays speaking and counseling in front of the Planned Parenthood – Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center.

His wife recalled that on several occasions when Mark took their then-12-year-old son to sidewalk counsel with him, a “pro-abortion protester” would say “crude … inappropriate and disgusting things” to Mark’s son, including “you dad’s a f-g” and other vulgarities Ryan-Marie couldn’t bring herself to repeat. It went on “for weeks and weeks,” despite Mark repeatedly telling the man to stop harassing his son. “He kept doing it and kind of came into [the son’s] personal space,” Ryan-Marie explained, at which point “Mark shoved him away from his child, and the guy fell back. He didn’t have any injuries or anything, but he tried to sue Mark.”

The case against Mark was thrown out of the district court in Philadelphia earlier this year, LifeSiteNews reported, but the FBI picked it up as the federal agency continues to wage war on the administration’s political opponents. Jacqueline C. Romero, the U.S. attorney whose signature is on Houck’s indictment, is a Biden appointee whom the DOJ bragged is “the first woman of color and the first person to identify as LGBTQIA+ to lead the Office,” as investigative journalist Julie Kelly pointed out on Twitter.

The indictment shows a grand jury decided to charge Mark with “verbally confronting [the pro-abortion man] and forcefully shov[ing him] to the ground in front of the [Planned Parenthood Center], causing injuries … that required medical attention.” Brian Middleton, a spokesman for the Houck family, says that “medical attention” was merely “a Band-Aid on his finger.” A release order reveals Mark was required to post $10,000 bond and is currently barred from returning to sidewalk counsel at the abortion center.

The FBI’s use of blatant intimidation and excessive force to target a pro-life leader comes after pro-abortion agitators spent months vandalizing and even firebombing dozens of pro-life pregnancy resource centers and churches across the country. It took a month and a half and a pressure campaign from concerned congressional leaders and senators to get the FBI to even say it was “investigating” these attacks, but we have yet to see any SWAT-style raids like what the Houcks endured levied at firebombers whose criminal behavior advanced the regime’s agenda.


Elle Purnell is an assistant editor at The Federalist, and received her B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College with a minor in journalism. Follow her work on Twitter @_etreynolds.

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