Facing immense scrutiny for the perceived political weaponization of their agencies, the Department of Justice’s newly announced plan for safeguarding the November election left one watchdog group warning of “selective enforcement” perpetuating a “two-tiered approach to justice.”
With less than two weeks until the midterms, President Joe Biden’s administration has ramped up talk of potential election interference after repeatedly downplaying concerns of the same from 2020. The Justice Department released a statement Wednesday outlining their “comprehensive program to help ensure the right to vote,” but the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) cried foul on the vague announcement.
Speaking with Fox News Digital, the organization argued the lack of detail from DOJ means “selective transparency and selective enforcement, something we’ve come to expect from the Biden administration’s two-tiered approach to justice,” is likely.
FGA Legal Director Stewart Whitson went on to state, “The administration knows that any evidence that is revealed would suggest that one or more federal agencies, in carrying out this executive order, are engaging in partisan activity aimed at benefiting the left would open the order up to legal attack by state attorneys general.”
“Their hope,” he said, “is to get through the midterm election and then the presidential election in 2024 before the full scope of this scheme comes to light.”
Meanwhile, Whitson went on to relay that, “DOJ is withholding documents from FGA, despite our lawsuit demanding transparency, while simultaneously issuing press releases with veiled threats to states who simply want to conduct fair elections,” a bulletin released to law enforcement once again raised the specter of domestic violent extremism (DVE).
“Potential targets of DVE violence include candidates running for public office, elected officials, election workers, political rallies, political party representatives, racial and religious minorities, or perceived ideological opponents, “the Friday bulletin stated.
“We assess some [domestic violent extremists] motivated by election-related grievances would likely view election-related infrastructure, personnel, and voters involved in the election process as attractive targets,” the bulletin added, “including at publicly accessible locations like polling places, ballot drop-box locations, voter registration sites, campaign events, and political party offices.”
Of course, as previously covered by American Wire, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) had called out the FBI’s statistics on DVE after speaking with a whistleblower, saying “They are juicing the number and cooking the books.”
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray he wrote, “The whistleblower alleged ‘the FBI has not followed regular procedure’ with respect to January 6 cases, which should all be officially led by the WFO and categorized as WFO cases, explaining: Instead, task force members in Washington D.C. identify ‘potential subjects’ and possible locations where these individuals reside. The task force disseminates information packets with instructions to open full investigations to [local] Field Offices around the country. As such, if a subject lives in Dallas, the Dallas Field Office is expected to open the case….”
‘They’re juicing the numbers’: Jim Jordan reveals FBI whistleblower who claims bureau’s creating ‘false’ narrative https://t.co/5SfZ8vr5eE
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) September 20, 2022
Whitson went on to tell Fox News Digital, “The problem with the complete lack of transparency on the part of the DOJ is no one, including the more than fifty members of Congress who’ve demanded answers, knows exactly what DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is doing to carry out the President’s EO. This is deeply concerning, especially in light of the restaffing of the division with left-wing ideologues committed to opposing any and all state election integrity measures…”
His assessment followed other reports from an FBI whistleblower that “misinformation” may be considered a possible election crime, describing it as “false or misleading information spread mistakenly or unintentionally.”
FBI to target ‘misinformation’ as ‘election crimes,’ FBI whistleblower docs obtained by Veritas say https://t.co/RxefPkRoFp
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) October 28, 2022
As Whitson raised the alarm over the possibility of the DOJ focusing their efforts on locales that would ultimately benefit the outcome for Democrats, the bulletin made specific note of supposed actions from DVEs that have “levied violent threats targeting elected officials, individuals associated with abortion or LGBTQ+ issues, and facilities, locations, and organizations perceived as taking a stance on abortion or LGBTQ+ issues.”
This came after the Justice Department has seemingly turned a blind eye to attacks against crisis pregnancy centers after the overturn of Roe v. Wade but went after pro-life activists.
The FGA sued the DOJ in April after efforts to obtain documents pertaining to Biden’s “Promoting Access to Voting” executive order from March 2021 failed via a Freedom of Information Act request. The order read in part, “executive departments and agencies should partner with state, local, tribal and territorial election officials to protect and promote the exercise of the right to vote, eliminate discrimination and other barriers to voting and expand access to voter registration and accurate election information.”
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