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Opinion Why Merrick Garland won't call the Portland courthouse riots 'domestic terrorism'

01:44  24 february  2021
01:44  24 february  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Judge Merrick Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that Antifa's attacks on the U.S. courthouse in Portland last year may not have been " domestic terrorism ," because unlike the Capitol riot , they took place at night when the Hawley: Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, DC — Portland , for instance, Seattle. Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism ?

During his testimony, Garland said that domestic terrorism in America today is “more dangerous” than at the time of the 1996 Oklahoma City bombing, and pledged to continue the investigation in the January 6 Capitol riot wherever it takes him, including “aiders and abettors whether he considered antifa assaults on federal property, like courthouses and other federal buildings in (for example) Seattle and Portland , where antifa and BLM rioted in the summer of 2020. “An attack on a courthouse while in operation — trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases—that plainly is domestic

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They're concerned by Garland's comments Monday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he shied away from labeling as domestic terrorism riots at a Portland, Oregon, courthouse last summer that were instigated by left-wing activists.

During a Monday exchange with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Biden's attorney general nominee said that because the riots occurred at night and while the courthouse was not in operation, it was questionable that they could be classified as "domestic terrorism." Garland's comments came after an opening statement in which he promised to make prosecution of people involved in the Jan. 6 riot inside the Capitol building his top priority.

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Judge Merrick Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee Antifa’s attacks on the U.S. courthouse in Portland may not have been “ domestic terrorism ,” because they took place at night when the court was not “in operation.” Sen. Josh Hawley questioned Garland : Let me ask you about assaults on Garland : My own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt the democratic processes. So an attack on a courthouse , while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases, that plainly is domestic terrorism .

Judge Merrick Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee Antifa’s attacks on the U.S. courthouse in Portland may not have been “ domestic terrorism ,” because they took place at night when the court was not “in operation.” Sen. Josh Hawley questioned Garland Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic terrorism ? Garland : My own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt the democratic processes.

Garland told Hawley that both the attacks on the courthouse in Portland and the Capitol building riot were serious crimes but that he believed the latter carried more weight.

"Both are criminal, but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions," said Garland, a federal appeals court judge since 1997.

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Garland, who led the prosecution against Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, later made similar comments to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham when he revisited Hawley's question. In both cases, Garland promised to prosecute "any attack on a federal building or damage to a federal building [that] violates federal statutes."

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Judge Merrick Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee Antifa’s attacks on the U.S. courthouse in Portland may not have been “ domestic terrorism ,” because they took place at night when the court was not “in operation.” Sen. Josh Hawley questioned Garland Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic terrorism ? Garland : My own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt the democratic processes.

While questioned by Senator Josh Hawley, Biden AG Merrick Garland made the case that the Portland riots may not be “ domestic terrorism .” Garland replied “Well, Senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt the democratic processes. So an attack on a courthouse , while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases, that plainly is domestic extremism, domestic terrorism .

Hawley, after the hearing, criticized Garland for his response to questions about domestic terrorism, saying that the judge had not been firm enough in his assurances that he would prosecute anyone who attacks federal property.

"I think he could have been firmer on that," Hawley told reporters.

The difference in attitude between Hawley and Garland toward the Portland and Washington, D.C., riots is likely political, said Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University. Because there are significant disagreements in the legal world over what is technically "domestic terrorism," it makes sense why someone of Garland's political bent might argue that because the Portland courthouse was not open, the riot outside it was not terrorism.

"In general, people are more likely to code the event as terrorism when they oppose the political agenda of the perpetrators," he said.

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22, attorney general nominee Merrick Garland said addressing domestic terrorism would be his "first priority." (The Washington Post). But Hawley didn’ t want to talk about the violence against police generated by his own attempt to overturn the election. He insisted that Garland talk about “assaults It was a clear message to the violent white supremacists and other domestic terrorists who thrived during the Trump years, most visibly in their attack on the Capitol last month: There’s a new sheriff in town. Garland vowed that domestic terrorism “will be my first priority” as attorney general and

For those on the Left, he said, that understanding sometimes means downplaying the George Floyd riots, which were largely instigated by racial justice activists. At the same time, those on the Right are more likely to see the Jan. 6 protest as more complicated than a terrorist attack because of the murky factors that led to the event.

"Those on the Left are less likely to see it that way," Abrahms added.

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Hawley last summer was one of the leading voices in the Senate against a wave of violence that erupted after the death of Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Hawley, along with other Republicans, frequently accused then-candidate Joe Biden of not doing the same. Hawley himself came under fire after the Jan. 6 riot, with many Democrats claiming that he had egged on the protesters.

Hawley later denied those accusations and called for people who defaced the Capitol to be prosecuted.

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