Wednesday, Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Ranking Member Michael Cloud (R-Texas), House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.), and several Oversight Committee Republicans are pressing Attorney General Merrick Garland for action regarding the recent cyberattacks targeting Christian websites and charitable donation portals. The Republican lawmakers are requesting the Department of Justice (DOJ) provide a briefing on what efforts it is currently undertaking to enforce federal law related to these politically-motivated cyberattacks intended to chill the speech of religious and conservative Americans, as well as efforts to prevent them from happening in the future.

“We are concerned about recent cyberattacks against Christian websites and charitable donation portals carried out due to their support of conservative values and causes. Direct attacks against religious people deserve no place in our society and undermine the ability of citizens to express their viewpoints without fear of harmful retribution. We write to inquire into the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to enforce federal law related to these politically-motivated cyberattacks intended to chill the speech of religious and conservative Americans, as well as efforts to prevent them from happening in the future,” wrote the Republican lawmakers.

Since the leak of the Dobbs decision, pro-life organizations, crisis pregnancy centers and Christian organizations increasingly have been targeted by radical groups and hackers. Hackers recently infiltrated websites connected to Christian organizations supporting the pro-life movement, stealing and then leaking vast quantities of data maintained by those organizations. Oversight Committee Democrats have ignored attacks on crisis pregnancy centers and continue to perpetuate false and misleading information to push for unrestrained access to abortion. 

“The Department of Justice must investigate these attacks, which are likely unlawful and clearly intended to chill the right of our citizens to peacefully express their opinions on matters of public importance as well as donations to conservative or religious organizations. Citizens in this country should be free to exercise their rights without fear of malicious cyberattacks,” continued the Republican lawmakers.

The letter to Attorney General Garland here.

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