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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Republicans Send Preservation Notice to Ex-FBI Official Accused of Shutting Down Hunter Biden Investigation

Republicans Send Preservation Notice to Ex-FBI Official Accused of Shutting Down Hunter Biden Investigation

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a preservation notice Friday to former FBI official Timothy Thibault, warning Thibault to save records related to the multiple whistleblower allegations he is facing in the event Republicans take the majority and are able to conduct a formal investigation.

The Republicans referenced in their letter Breitbart News’s report from July revealing an FBI whistleblower had accused Thibault, a former assistant special agent in charge, of pressuring agents to reclassify cases as “domestic violent extremism” despite limited evidence supporting reclassification.

The Republicans also cited a whistleblower claim that Thibault shut down a line of investigation into “derogatory Hunter Biden reporting,” an accusation initially brought to light by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We have been investigating serious allegations of abuse and misconduct within the senior leadership of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the Republicans wrote to Thibault.

They continued:

Brave whistleblowers have informed us that as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Washington Field Office, you pressured line agents to reclassify cases as “domestic violent extremism” even though there was minimal, circumstantial evidence to support a reclassification. Other whistleblowers have come to Congress alleging that you were part of a scheme to undermine and discredit allegations of criminal wrongdoing by members of the Biden family. Accordingly, we believe that you possess information relating to our investigation and we request your assistance with our inquiry.

In addition to the whistleblower revelation from Grassley’s office, the Washington Free Beacon first reported in September that Thibault “helped bury information” about Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner to Hunter Biden who became a key witness in Hunter Biden investigations after going public with claims that President Joe Biden spoke with Hunter about Hunter’s overseas business dealings.

The letter to Thibault was signed by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), as well as Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA).

The letter comes after Thibault, who is also under investigation for a potential Hatch Act violation, resigned from the FBI in August and subsequently denied some allegations against him while ignoring others in a statement through his legal counsel.

In addition to demanding Thibault preserve any relevant documents and communications, the congressmembers also asked that Thibault appear before them to testify, although Republicans, who are in the minority party, cannot issue a subpoena to compel Thibault to appear.

House Judiciary Committee Democrats, who have majority power, control the committee’s investigative activity, such as conducting hearings and issuing subpoenas, and committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has not conveyed interest in investigating the FBI’s handling of probes related to Hunter Biden.

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Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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Whistleblower Alleges FBI Schemed to Distort January 6 Cases into Nationwide ‘Domestic Violent Extremism’ Epidemic

Whistleblower Alleges FBI Schemed to Distort January 6 Cases into Nationwide ‘Domestic Violent Extremism’ Epidemic

A whistleblower has accused the FBI’s Washington Field Office of using cases related to the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot to “overstate” the threat of “domestic violent extremism” in America, according to Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

The whistleblower alleged the FBI office did not follow standard investigative practices for the January 6 cases when it moved the cases to various local Field Offices around the country based on where the case subjects were from, Jordan revealed in a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday.

January 6 cases “should all be officially led by the WFO [Washington Field Office] and categorized as WFO cases,” according to the letter, but instead, a “task force” dispatched instructions to open January 6 investigations to local field offices nationwide.

Those local offices received the cases, making it look as if they were conducting the investigations on the cases, when, in reality, the Washington Field Office continued to conduct the bulk of the work, according to the letter.

The whistleblower told Jordan:

The manipulative casefile practice creates false and misleading crime statistics. Instead of hundreds of investigations stemming from a single, black swan incident at the Capitol, FBI and DOJ officials point to significant increases in domestic violent extremism and terrorism around the United States.

Jordan noted in the letter, “Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” which supports a narrative being perpetuated by the Biden administration.

The whistleblower also alleged that January 6 cases were inappropriately taking priority over other cases, citing an instance of being “told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies,” according to the letter.

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The whistleblower allegation comes after at least two other whistleblowers indicated to Jordan in July that FBI officials were pressuring agents to reclassify cases as domestic violent extremism despite there being limited evidence to do so.

Jordan’s office clarified to Breitbart News that the latest revelation about January 6 cases specifically came from a new whistleblower, meaning at least three FBI whistleblowers have now come forward to Jordan about the FBI inflating domestic violent extremism case numbers.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks beside Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (D-NY) as U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Garland is expected to give testimony about the status of the Justice Department's investigations into the January 6th attack on the Capitol. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Rep. Jim Jordan speaks as U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

In July, Breitbart News first reported that one of these whistleblowers accused embattled former Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault, who later resigned from the FBI, of being one of the senior officials at the agency who pressured agents to reclassify cases.

Thibault is also under investigation for potentially violating the Hatch Act and has been accused by whistleblowers of shutting down a line of investigation into “derogatory Hunter Biden reporting” and of handling investigations, including those on election-related matters, inconsistently.

Thibault retained legal counsel upon his resignation and released a statement through his counsel that denied some allegations against him while ignoring others.

Jordan demanded numerous communications and other documents from Wray in Tuesday’s letter about the latest whistleblower allegation, although the Ohio Republican has repeatedly expressed dismay over the limited responses he has received from the FBI and Justice Department.

Jordan, who is expected to serve as chair of the Judiciary Committee next year should Republicans take the majority, has vowed to investigate what he describes as the politicization of the FBI based in part on the well over a dozen whistleblower allegations he has fielded from the agency.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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Judge Raymond Dearie Appointed Special Master in Mar-a-Lago Raid Case

Judge Raymond Dearie Appointed Special Master in Mar-a-Lago Raid Case

Federal Judge Aileen Cannon sided with former President Donald Trump and appointed retired Judge Raymond Dearie to serve as the special master in the Mar-a-Lago raid case.

Dearie, one of two special master candidates proposed by Trump’s legal team, is a Reagan-era New York federal judge who served on the bench from 1986 to 2011.

After retiring from his position in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Dearie served a seven-year term on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court. While on the FISA Court, Dearie was one of the judges who approved the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

An Inspector General report later declared two of the four surveillance warrants regarding Page invalid after finding the FBI included several misstatements and omissions in the warrant application.

Although some thought it would be odd for Trump’s team to nominate one of the judges who approved an improperly-founded surveillance warrant on one of his former aides, that could also work to Trump’s advantage because the judge would be keenly aware of the potential for FBI abuses.

Dearie’s appointment as special master comes after Trump’s legal team requested one be appointed to conduct an independent review of the documents the FBI seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in August.

As special master, Dearie will review all the seized materials from Mar-a-Lago and determine which documents are protected by any legal privileges.

Judge Cannon appointed Dearie as special master after the DOJ signaled they would not oppose his appointment in a federal filing on Monday.

In that filing, the DOJ noted that “previous federal judicial experience and engagement in relevant areas of law” are “important qualifications for this position.”

In addition to choosing a special master, Judge Cannon denied the DOJ’s motion for a partial stay to allow the department to access the seized documents.

“The Court is not persuaded that the Government will suffer an irreparable injury without the requested stay,” Cannon wrote.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter. 

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Exclusive— Former CIA Station Chief: Intelligence Agencies Cannot ‘Be Reformed’ Unless POTUS Can ‘Fire Every Federal Employee’

Exclusive— Former CIA Station Chief: Intelligence Agencies Cannot ‘Be Reformed’ Unless POTUS Can ‘Fire Every Federal Employee’

Former CIA officer and station chief Scott Uehlinger told Breitbart News on Thursday that intelligence agencies cannot be cleansed of political and partisan corruption unless the president has the unitary power over the federal government’s personnel decisions.

Uehlinger discussed left-wing and partisan politicization of federal intelligence agencies on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host and retired Navy SEAL and FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam.

“It’s a real cause of concern, not just among regular folks, but [among] people who served in these agencies,” he stated. He emphasized the ubiquity of such political orientations among intelligence agency employees.

He remarked, “The infection in these organizations is not just the political appointees. It’s basically everyone from mid-grade-level and up, if not lower because they’re all the recipients of a super-liberal education.”

“They just graduate from college with this really bizarre worldview, for the most part,” he added. “Unfortunately, I kind of agree with the idea of breaking them up because I don’t really see how they can be reformed in any kind of a meaningful way unless the president has the power to basically fire every federal employee at will.”

Gilliam called for conservatives to enter institutions dominated by left-wing politics while accepting a long time horizon for reform.

“I think conservatives should flood all the agencies,” Gilliam said, “and I think that they should do the same thing with politics. I don’t care if they run as a Democrat or a Republican. We should be getting conservatives in everywhere, as much as possible”

He concluded, “Republicans never played the long game. In ten years, those people will start to make rank, and in 15 years, they’ll be at the top, and then they can change the recruit divisions. … It’s not a short game. We’re never going get somebody that’s a president that’s gonna depoliticize the FBI or the CIA.”

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Exclusive – Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz: Democrat John Fetterman Values ‘Criminals Above the Innocent’

Exclusive – Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz: Democrat John Fetterman Values ‘Criminals Above the Innocent’

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senator, appeared on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Saturday and blasted his Democrat opponent John Fetterman’s radical record and positions on crime and law and order.

As Pennsylvania’s sitting lieutenant governor, Fetterman chairs the state’s Board of Pardons which abruptly radicalized under his leadership. Since assuming office in 2019, the five-person Fetterman-led board has recommended at least 46 commutations to Gov. Tom Wolfe (D). During Wolfe’s first term as governor, before Fetterman was elected to the lieutenant governorship, the board only made six recommendations, as the Philadelphia Inquirer noted. Moreover, Fetterman previously stated that law-abiding Pennsylvanians would be no less safe if the state emptied its prison systems by a third.

“He seems to value the positions of the criminals above the innocent, which again far-left radicals tend to do, but this goes beyond that,” Oz told Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle.

“Not only does he want to release one-third of all prisoners, saying it wouldn’t make a difference, but he wants to legalize all drugs, wants to have heroin injection sites,” and “he wants an open border,” said Oz referencing Fetterman’s call for safe injection sites in Philadelphia in 2018.

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Breitbart · Dr. Mehmet Oz – September 10, 2022

The celebrity doctor went on to highlight Philadelphia’s high murder and overdose rates, dubbing the Kensington neighborhood an “open-air drug market.”

“Homicide rates in Philadelphia — highest they’ve ever been,” said Oz. “Fentanyl overdose rates — Philadelphia’s the epicenter for the country right now — we’re number three in the country in Pennsylvania. And we have open-air drug markets larger than anywhere else, like in Kensington, which is part of Philadelphia, where you can’t walk for blocks after blocks. There’s zombies with needles sticking out of their bodies, and law enforcement’s been told to get out of the way.”

“In fact, that’s sort of been the message overall from John Fetterman,” Oz continued. “He’s disdainful of law enforcement for the challenges of them doing their jobs. When I got the endorsement of the fraternal order of police, it was unanimous. You know how hard that is? Everybody voted for me because John Fetterman has gone against them so many times and hurt them so badly, and no one’s going into the force now. So you have lawlessness across many parts of Pennsylvania, and we don’t want that kind of approach in Washington. It will make it worse for the entire country.”

During the interview, Oz pointed out that while Fetterman has finally said he would debate after feverishly ducking, the Democrat has not come forward with a formal offer, as Breitbart News’s Hannah Bleau noted in detail. Fetterman stated he would take the stage “sometime in the middle to end of October,” but early voting would be well underway by then. On Friday, Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen called on Fetterman to debate Oz before mail-in voting begins on September 19.

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Facing Indictment, Steve Bannon Set to Turn Himself in to New York Prosecutors

Facing Indictment, Steve Bannon Set to Turn Himself in to New York Prosecutors

Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon is set to surrender himself to New York prosecutors on Thursday to face a new criminal indictment, according to a Washington Post report.

Although the details of the criminal indictment against Bannon are still sealed, the charges reportedly stem from Bannon’s involvement in “We Build the Wall,” an online fundraising effort that purported to raise money to finish the construction of the southern border wall.

Bannon faced federal charges stemming from his involvement in that fundraising effort, and he pleaded not guilty in August 2020 but received a pardon from former President Donald Trump in the last days of his presidency.

Bannon blasted the Manhattan District Attorney for pursuing “phony charges” against him just two months before the midterm elections in a statement released Tuesday evening.

Bannon said:

Just days after being swatted three different times by deranged thugs from New York City inspired by the Biden Administration to assassinate me by police, the Soros-backed DA has now decided to pursue phony charges against me 60 days before the midterm election because WarRoom is the maior source of the MAGA grassroots movement.

The SDNY did the exact same thing in August 2020 to try to take me out of the election. It didn’t work then, it certainly won’t work now. This is nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system.

“I am proud to be a leading voice on protecting our borders and building a wall to keep our country safe from drugs and violent criminals,” Bannon continued. “The WarRoom show will be more vital, more intense, more urgent, and bigger this time.”

“They are coming after all of us, not only President Trump and myself. I am never going to stop fighting. In fact, I have not yet begun to fight. They will have to kill me first,” Bannon concluded.

New York’s indictment comes less than two months after a jury convicted Steve Bannon of contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with the January 6 Committee.

George Soros-funded Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who promised to focus on investigations into Trump before he took office, will handle Bannon’s new criminal case.

Bragg’s office will also be getting help from New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office, according to the Washington Post.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter. 

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GOP Rep. Burchett: Republicans Aren’t the Party Implementing Lax Bail Policies, Biden’s ‘Just Trying to Muddy the Waters’

GOP Rep. Burchett: Republicans Aren’t the Party Implementing Lax Bail Policies, Biden’s ‘Just Trying to Muddy the Waters’

On Wednesday’s broadcast of Newsmax TV’s “National Report,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) responded to President Joe Biden’s recent remarks on crime by saying that it’s Democratic-run areas like New York that are releasing criminals due to lax bail policies and prosecution and President Biden is “just trying to muddy the waters.”

Burchett stated, “It is not my grandfather’s Democrat Party anymore. Their agenda is anti-blue. And I don’t think the American people are buying it. Look at the states, look at New York, in a heated governor’s race right now. I mean, look at the people, they get out and they’re mugging folks, they’re killing folks, they’re not held, no bond. It’s — clearly, a line is being drawn and the president’s just trying to muddy the waters. He knows he’s got problems in that sector, and the American public is definitely not buying it.”

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