Leaked DOJ email indicates department downplayed pro-abortion violence

A leaked e-mail obtained by the Daily Signal revealed Department of Justice officials downplaying the threat of violence from pro-abortion groups.

Prior to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the pro-abortion group “Jane’s Revenge” threatened a “Night of Rage,” should Roe be overturned. After the Supreme Court decision, Jane’s Revenge followed through with their threat, with attacks on pregnancy centers, pro-life offices, and churches .

Yet the Department of Justice (DOJ) e-mail indicates that officials didn’t take the threat seriously — or acknowledge who the threat was coming from. In the e-mail, James Dunlap, former director of Security and Emergency Preparing Staff at the Department of Justice, addressed DOJ staff. Yet his remarks were incredibly vague:

Some groups being monitored have declared a ‘night of rage’ and are linked to incidents involving arson and vandalism that have occurred in many regions including the DC metro area over the last few weeks … there is no direct threat to any DOJ facilities, and protest activity continues to focus around the area surrounding the Supreme Court. Employees should remain vigilant.

The e-mail did not name Jane’s Revenge, point out who was threatening the “Night of Rage,” or say that the potential victims would be associated with the pro-life movement. This is despite the fact that communiques published online by Jane’s Revenge had already threatened violence — and attacks were already taking place. Jane’s Revenge wrote:

We have demonstrated in the past month how easy and fun it is to attack. We are versatile, we are mercurial, and we answer to no one but ourselves. We promised to take increasingly drastic measures against oppressive infrastructures. Rest assured that we will, and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti.

… Through attacking, we find joy, courage, and strip the veneer of impenetrability held by these violent institutions.

And for the allies of ours who doubt the authenticity of the communiqués and actions: there is a way you can get irrefutable proof that these actions are real. Go do one of your own. You are already one of us. Everyone with the urge to paint, to burn, to cut, to jam: now is the time.

Senator Katie Britt also recently released slides showing that, in the months before the Roe decision was handed down, the Biden administration ordered U.S. Marshals not to arrest potentially illegal protests taking place outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.

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Pro-abortion group “Ruth Sent Us” doxxed the justices, organized protests in front of their homes, and threatened two of the justices’ children. Ruth Sent Us gave explicit directions on how to get to the school Amy Coney Barrett’s children attended, and encouraged people to protest there. They also targeted Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, with a tweet that included a picture taken outside her children’s school. Eventually, an assassination attempt was made against Justice Kavanaugh. Yet Marshals were specifically told not to arrest anyone involved in these protests.

FBI Director Christopher Wray also confirmed in testimony before Congress that the lion’s share of abortion-related violence since the Supreme Court leak pointing to Roe‘s reversal has been directed towards the pro-life movement, instead of abortionists or abortion supporters. This latest DOJ e-mail lends more credence to concerns that the Biden administration does not oppose such violence.

“It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Biden administration stands in full support of these illegal intimidation tactics,” Mike Howell, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project, told The Daily Signal. “The fact that they knew of the violent history of these groups of degenerates and did nothing is more than an abdication of their duty, it’s joining in their cause.”

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