Just when you think things couldn’t be getting worse for Joe Biden and his team, a Republican in Congress just dropped the hammer on one of his top lawyers.
“Rep. Tom Tiffany grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday about the portion of the American Rescue Plan that provides billions of dollars in loan relief to black farmers based exclusively on race,” according to Breitbart News.
“The equal protection clause was incorporated into the Fifth Amendment to prevent the federal government from discriminating against Americans based on race,” said Tiffany. “Do you agree that race is a suspect classification.”
But Rep. Tiffany didn’t stop there.
“The so-called American rescue plan earmark billions of dollars in United States Department of Agriculture debt relief based solely on race,” said Tiffany. “Why are you and your department defending the American Rescue Plan that discriminates based on race? It’s very explicit in the bill that the Democrats wrote in this Congress and President Biden signed into law, they said, ‘This is based on race. Doesn’t this meet the standard of what is pure discrimination?”
Garland’s response was clear:
The question for us is the constitutionality of the legislation.” That’s the only question before us and the as I said with respect to another statute, the Justice Department defends the constitutionality of statutes that can be reasonably construed as constitutional and we believe that statute can be, yes.
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