The FBI raided the home of a pro-life activist while his wife and seven children watched in horror. Now lawmakers are demanding answers.
Agents descended on the home of Mark Houck to arrest the founder and president of a group that fosters responsible manhood and sidewalk counselor, Breitbart reported. Lawmakers are crying foul at this politically-motivated stunt.
On the morning of Friday, Sept. 23, nearly 30 FBI agents swarmed Houck's Pennsylvania residence. They were there on charges stemming from a 2021 incident where he allegedly shoved an abortion clinic escort, though the charges were dropped in July.
Moreover, Houck had already agreed to turn himself in. Attorney Peter Breen, senior counsel and vice president of the Thomas More Society, said the Department of Justice "chose to make an unnecessary show of potentially deadly force, sending twenty heavily armed federal agents to the Houck residence at dawn this past Friday," he said of his client.
"In threatening form, after nearly breaking down the family's front door, at least five agents pointed guns at Mark's head and arrested him in front of his wife and seven young children, who were terrified that their husband and father would be shot dead before their eyes," Breen added. Some believe it was motivated by the administration's pro-abortion stance.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) led the charge against the DOJ with an open letter asking what "extraordinary reason" the FBI had for arresting Houck in such a manner. "Surely, the FBI must have an extraordinary reason for showing up at the home of an American family, allegedly with roughly 25 heavily armed federal agents, and arresting a father in front of his seven children," the letter, signed by 22 lawmakers, said.
The letter made it clear that Attorney General Merrick Garland needed to respond by September 3o. "At the moment, it appears to be an extraordinary overreach for political ends," the letter concluded.
Houck, his family, and the American people are owed an explanation. This incident stinks of political posturing, and no evidence has been uncovered to dispute that fact.