Sen. Josh Hawley is asking the questions that should be on every American’s mind heading into the November midterm elections.
In a letter on Monday, the Missouri Republican demanded Attorney General Merrick Garland explain why heavily armed FBI agents raided the home of a pro-life activist in Pennsylvania last week over a petty criminal charge, while a spasm of terrorist violence against churches and birthing centers goes ignored by the Biden administration’s Justice Department.
And the answer is crucial for how conservative Americans can even trust their own government.
The story started on Friday, when a troop of FBI agents showed up at the Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, home of Mark Houck, a father of seven and regular demonstrator outside abortion clinics in Philadelphia.
Kintnersville is an unincorporated area of Bucks County, northeast of the city.
According to an account of the raid Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, gave LifeSite News, the federal agents pounded on the Houcks’ door about 7 a.m. to arrest Houck on a charge of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act in connection with two alleged assaults that took place nearly a year earlier during confrontations between Houck and a pro-abortion protester.
The agents had “big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Ryan-Marie Houck told LifeSite.
“The kids were all just screaming,” she said. “It was all just very scary and traumatic.”
LifeSite described the agents as being part of a “SWAT team.”
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In a statement reported by Fox News, a representative of the FBI played word games, declaring that there was no “SWAT Team or SWAT operators” involved in the raid” — as though the technical definition of “SWAT” was what mattered here.
According to Fox, a “senior FBI source” said 15 to 20 agents had participated in the raid with guns out but “guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon…