Republicans Could Impeach Merrick Garland If They Take Congress: Jim Jordan

Ohio Representative Jim Jordan claimed Republicans could impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland if the GOP gains a majority in Congress.

Jordan spoke to Newsmax's Rob Schmitt on Thursday and insisted there were grounds for impeachment due to Garland's refusal to prosecute any of the people who protested outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.

Ahead of and following the Supreme Court's historic decision to overturn the abortion ruling Roe v. Wade, protestors took to demonstrating at the Supreme Court Building as well as at some of the justices' homes.

These actions have been condemned and criticized by some politicians.

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Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks during a town hall event hosted by House Republicans ahead of President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address on March 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers a statement on July 6, 2022, in Washington, DC. U.S. Jordan has said Republicans could move to impeach Garland if they gain a majority in Congress. Samuel Corum and Bonnie Cash/Getty

Republicans are heading into November's midterms with high hopes they will manage to flip enough seats in the House and the Senate to regain control of both chambers.

Historically, the party in the White House almost always sees losses in the midterm elections, especially the first ones they encounter.

"I think everything is on the table, we have got to take our message to the American people and not get overconfident but campaign in a confident way, win back the majority," Jordan said.

"If the country gives us the majority in the House I think everything should be on the table."

Jordan then began to speak specifically about the issue of protesting outside of justices' homes.

"You have a statute on the book that says 'if protestors are at Supreme justices' homes trying to impact and influence a decision, that is against the law', he continued.

"18 U.S. Code section 1507, [Merrick Garland] refuses to prosecute any of these protestors, confirming something that I think is very scary."

What the U.S. Code Says

The U.S. Code Jordan referenced, 18 U.S. Code section 1507, is titled Picketing or Parading and goes into greater detail on the rules surrounding it.

The code says: "Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

"Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt."

It was added on September 23, 1950, and amended on September 13, 1994, according to the Legal Information Institution.

Jordan continued to voice his concerns and explain why it was significant that Garland wasn't prosecuting.

"We now have one of the key agencies in the executive branch joining in the effort to intimidate a separate and equal branch of government, the judicial branch," he said.

"That is scary when that kind of stuff goes on but that is certainly what it looks like. This is one of the reasons so many people have concerns."

Newsweek contacted the United States Department of Justice for comment.