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WATCH: Garland suggests Portland courthouse riots at night may not be “domestic terrorism”

by Paul Goldberg
WATCH: Garland suggests Portland courthouse riots at night may not be "domestic terrorism"

While questioned by Senator Josh Hawley, Biden AG Merrick Garland made the case that the Portland riots may not be “domestic terrorism.”

Hawley said to Garland “Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, DC — Portland, for instance, Seattle. Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism?”

Garland replied “Well, Senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition, is the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt the democratic processes. So an attack on a courthouse, while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases, that plainly is domestic extremism, domestic terrorism. An attack simply on a government property at night, or any other kind of circumstances, is a clear crime and a serious one, and should be punished. I don’t know enough about the facts of the example you’re talking about. But that’s where I draw the line.”

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