These are not the domestic terrorists that the Biden administration is looking for. They’re allies. And it’s not domestic terrorism if you do it at night.
“Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, D.C. Portland, for instance,” Missouri Senator Josh Hawley said. “Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal properties as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism?”
Garland said his personal view on the matter lined up with the statutory definition of terrorism.
“My own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in an attempt to disrupt democratic processes,” Garland replied. “So an attack on a courthouse while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases, that plainly is domestic extremism, domestic terrorism.”
But Garland drew a distinction between an attack on a government property at night and the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“Both are criminal but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions,” Garland added.
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