On Tuesday, Senate Republicans grilled Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the shooting that occurred at Covenant school in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this week.
As the Garland Department of Justice has been gratuitously targeting and prosecuting conservatives, including January 6th protesters and pro-life activists, Republican Senators wondered aloud if the Nashville shooting would be prosecuted as a hate crime.
28-year-old transgender person, Aubrey Hale wrote a manifesto where she reportedly intentionally chose to target Covenant because it was a Christian school.
Conservatives have already pointed out the hypocrisy of the FBI for targeting conservatives while dropping the ball on a mass shooting where there was an abundance of warning signs before the tragedy occurred.
No press conference from Garland and Wray about yesterday’s hate crime massacre of Christians. More people were killed than than during Charlottesville and J6 combined.
Garland and Wray will keep using the FBI to conduct violent SWAT raids on pro-life Christians.
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Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) asked if Garland planned to open a hate crime investigation since the shooter reportedly targeted Christians.
Garland did not commit to opening up a hate crime investigation but said he would be open to doing so if the evidence indicated that Hale did explicitly target Christians.
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KENNEDY: "Do you plan on opening a hate crime investigation for the targeting of Christians?"
AG GARLAND: "A motive hasn't been identified…" pic.twitter.com/RB14fT3h2M
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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., suggested earlier in the say that authorities should treat it as a hate crime that targeted students and staff at the private Christian school. But when asked by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., if federal officials would open up a hate crime investigation, Garland told him a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing that it’s too early to determine motive.
“The FBI and ATF are both on the scene working with the local police,” Garland said. “As of now, motive hasn’t been identified, and the police chief said at his last press conference that they don’t yet have… a conclusion with respect to motive.”
“We are certainly working full time with them to determine what the motive is, and of course, motive is what determines whether it’s a hate crime or not,” Garland added.
In response to another question from Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., Garland said it’s possible a hate crime investigation is opened. “A motive that is based on a religion on the political ideology of the victims is a hate crime,” he confirmed to Hagerty.