Rep. Roy, Sen. Lee Lead Colleagues in Demanding Answers on FBI’s ‘abuse’ of the FACE Act

Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and 38 of their House and Senate colleagues are demanding a briefing from the FBI on its use of the FACE Act to target Americans for their beliefs.

“The recent rise in high-profile FBI investigations into pro-life Americans raises well-founded concerns that the FBI has amassed too much power and has become a partisan cudgel wielded by the Biden Administration at the behest of progressive activists against political opponents and dissenters,” the Members wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

In just one example of the FACE Act’s weaponization, the FBI recently sent armed agents to arrest pro-life activist Mark Houck at his home on charges that had already been dismissed by state and local law enforcement.

“It is clear that congressional scrutiny of the FBI’s use of the FACE Act is needed to ensure the FBI is applying it as Congress intended and, if not, determine whether the FBI can continue to be trusted with this authority,” the Members concluded.

The 11 Senate signers include Sens. Mike Lee, Roger Marshall, Marco Rubio, Thom Tillis, Steve Daines, Tom Cotton, James Risch, Mike Braun, Mike Crapo, Ted Cruz, and James Lankford.

The 29 House signers include Reps. Chip Roy, Chris Smith, Bob Good, Andy Biggs, Randy Weber, Louie Gohmert, Mary Miller, Jeff Duncan, Michael Cloud, Andrew Clyde, Daniel Webster, Debbie Lesko, Andy Harris, Bill Posey, Ralph Norman, Doug Lamborn, Ronny Jackson, Glenn Grothman, Dan Bishop, Jody Hice, Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert, Brian Babin, Jim Banks, Randy Feenstra, Ken Buck, Warren Davidson, Claudia Tenney, and Jason Smith.

Rep. Roy said:

“I am outraged by the Biden Administration’s open war on pro-life activists and weaponization of federal law enforcement against patriotic Americans for their beliefs. This administration has a lot of explaining to do when protecting one’s own child means armed FBI agents at the door.

I will fight to hold this administration accountable for these politicized prosecutions and to hold Congress responsible for handing the executive branch the effectively unmitigated power to prosecute political opponents in the first place.”

THE LETTER

Director Wray,

We write to you today deeply concerned with the continued politicization of The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The recent rise in high-profile FBI investigations into pro-life Americans raises well-founded concerns that the FBI has amassed too much power and has become a partisan cudgel wielded by the Biden Administration at the behest of progressive activists against political opponents and dissenters.

Just this last Wednesday, the Middle District of Tennessee reported the indictments of eleven pro-life activists under the FACE Act for engaging in non-violent civil disobedience at a Tennessee abortion center. On September 23, 2022, pro-life activist Mark Houck was arrested by the FBI at his home for allegedly pushing an abortion clinic volunteer, who had harassed his son. His arrest occurred despite the fact the charges had been dismissed by local authorities.

On September 27, 2022, the Daily Signal reports that FBI agents questioned pro-life activists outside a Planned Parenthood in Minnesota regarding an incident, where it is alleged that a Planned Parenthood client attempted to cut up a pro-life sign and an activist pushed her away, after charges were dismissed in Minnesota state court.

On September 29, 2022, the Eastern District of New York announced FACE Act charges against Father Fidelis Moscinski, a pro-life activist and Franciscan monk, for padlocking an entrance to an abortion facility and engaging in non-violent civil disobedience, for which local authorities previously sentenced him.

These are not federal law enforcement matters and represent an abuse of the FACE Act. During floor debate on the legislation, Representative Schroeder of Colorado, a co-sponsor of the FACE Act, argued that empowering the federal government through the FACE Act was necessary only “if the states cannot help, then we have a duty to move in. But we do not do it unless it appears the states cannot handle it” and that “The Federal Government does not move in until it appears that in some parts of the country there is a breakdown.”

Overzealous prosecutions under the FACE Act weaponize the power of federal law enforcement against American citizens in what should firmly be state and local matters.

Further, these abuses of federal power against pro-life Americans based solely on their beliefs undermine the American people’s trust in the FBI. This is particularly true since there have been no reports of FBI investigations or DOJ prosecutions in relation to the more than 72 pregnancy resource centers and 80 Catholic churches that have been attacked or vandalized since the Dobbs leak – heinous, violent, and organized crimes across state lines that are also subject to prosecution under the FACE Act.

It is clear that congressional scrutiny of the FBI’s use of the FACE Act is needed to ensure the FBI is applying it as Congress intended and, if not, to determine whether the FBI can continue to be trusted with this authority.  Therefore, we request a briefing by October 20, 2022, on the FBI’s use of the FACE Act, and specifically request answers to the following questions:

  1. How many FACE Act investigations has the FBI opened in 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019 respectively?
  2. Of the FACE Act investigations opened in 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019, how many of these cases involve:
    1. Abortion facilities?
    2. Pregnancy centers?
    3. Churches or houses of worship?
  3. How many of these cases involve subjects with charges previously dismissed or sentenced by state courts?
  4. What criteria does the FBI use when determining whether to open a case under the FACE Act that was previously dismissed by state courts?
  5. What resources are the FBI currently committing to FACE Act investigations?
  6. Has the Department of Justice issued any new guidance, memos, or internal correspondence regarding FACE Act investigations since the Dobbs decision was handed down by the Supreme Court? If yes, please provide such documents.

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24 thoughts on “Rep. Roy, Sen. Lee Lead Colleagues in Demanding Answers on FBI’s ‘abuse’ of the FACE Act

  1. Welcome to the life of a victim of human trafficking. The FBI will ruin your life for information to help them or stop you. You folks in America fail to remember that long before they came for you they got people like me. I am 61. I have never known anything but suffering in this country while folks as yourself are ignorant to the real crimes in America. They do not let us tell you the truth for when we do as now, we are suffered to re-educate us. Imagine America behaving as China to suffer a victim to punish, educate, train to act better. While folks as yourself have lived the America Dream people like me continue to fight trying to understand what that really means. How comfortable are you folks now in America? I am suffered. Remember they got us first starting with children. What do you think your end will be? Victory? Freedom? saving lives of millions now dead due to the vaccine and virus. When do you folks think you will save the children in the libraries from drag queens? Right they already have you folks that is why they are petting your children in public. They will suffer you until your end and then walk away smiling. No humanity is left in America. What you find you better cling onto for it is the last you may ever find. Welcome to my America.

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      1. It is hard to define a victim such as myself for I am also a fighter who has never stopped fighting for freedom. The problem is this…..A victim waits for help. A survivor kicks ass along her way to the door no matter the pain or enemy. No matter live or die we fight for an understanding of freedom uninterrupted by pain and torture. I am not the only woman this age I am confident who is also trapped in this continual revolving door of freedom to torture to freedom to torture until one day we are just old not grown. Just old. The most devastating reality is the state of my country from which I have fought for my freedom and for yours for that matter is now not free. Woman as myself will never stop fighting for our children and your children even if we must fight you to save them. Drag queens do not belong in any public arena with children. Any mother who takes her child to these events is not only abusing their child’s innocence. They also are abusing their freedom to grow in a world that makes some fucking sense. Thank you.

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        1. If you are referring to having a victim mentality, as opposed to being someone who has had bad things happen, we all should fight that. We can’t fall prey and close our eyes, and self pity is deadly. To hang on to bitterness is poison inside, and we have to fight that. To ignore–that’s the worst, and America can’t do that anymore. Evil is right in our faces, many of us were asleep while it grew, and people we did not see suffered, like you, and now we see it. It is about the soul, you can be free there. We can have a good measure of freedom here, but we must, must fight for it and for each other’s. And never ignore it or the people around us again. Many people care, and many never will. I’m glad you could spill your guts in these comments, and say how you feel. When I think of how this is multiplied by so many, many women,, and little tiny kids, and others, it makes me angry, too. Never stop fighting, because, for the love of God, we are all God’s breath, stealing innocence is a crime. We are all precious.

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          1. Amen. Anger is the first defining moments of freedom to scream out not me not again. You can not deny the anger. We can not deny we blame a society that does not understand our fight. Yet, how in words could I or anyone ever say these things in a manner any of you would understand. That is until now. We are all challenged with the quality of our humanity. We either step up and help those we can and stop the evil when we see it grow. Or, we do nothing while we watch one another suffer until the very end of life. Not as we know it, but life itself will be transformed into servitude by the merging of technology and human biology. The soul is where we live. It is where we were born. It is what takes us into eternity. We are all God’s breath. Thank you so much for you inspiring words. They touch me deeply.

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    1. I’m sorry that you endured and are going through the rough time in your life. I hope you fight your way through it and gain the victory of freedom and liberty America promises all who want and fight for it.

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    1. I believe you are correct! They wouldn’t do it when President Trump was in charge because they didn’t want to risk that, but with incompetent biden in there, they won’t hesitate. They would hate to lose their power!

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        1. When do we ask China to accept failure. We have supported China for decades. China lives by a different standard. Failure is personal. We must ask ourselves who betrayed whom? Look at our seated President in all his glory. A treasonous president whose son has been inside of china screwing children. Chinese children. We must as Americans understand that despite these folks live across the globe they are our global community. It is time to start over with business that matters and is honest not sideways. A time will come China must decide to allow us to correct what we errored or to fight us. WIth an honest President we can all again live. Without an honest American President we are all those things we say about every other country. The finger points back at us this time. Do we fight China or do we bring to an end dirty politics by ending career politicians. This one is one WE THE PEOPLE…..It is up to us not them to decide our fate.

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  2. This criminalizing of the DOJ, FBI, CIA began under Obama and his headhunter dog Holder. Both administrations should be vigorously and intently investigated and brought to trial. All players need to answer to why our Judicial system was allowed to go rogue and unrestrained.

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