Sen. Cruz, Rep. Roy Demand Answers from AG Garland About Potential Spying on Pro-Life Group


"The American people deserve the truth – are their tax dollars and federal law enforcement agencies being used to spy on pro-life Americans?”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers about allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was secretly surveilling recent meetings of the pro-life group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU).

In the letter, Sen. Cruz and Rep. Roy wrote:
“Allegations that the FBI is spying on pro-life gatherings in tandem with the rise in high-profile FBI investigations into pro-life Americans raise well-founded concerns for millions of Americans. The American people deserve the truth – are their tax dollars and federal law enforcement agencies being used to spy on pro-life Americans?”
 
Read the full text of the letter here and below:
 
Attorney General Garland,

Pro-life group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) recently alleged on Twitter that an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant secretly recorded their meeting. “Eric Mike Santos” attended and taped a pro-life meeting at the Watergate hotel in Washington D.C. on January 19, 2023, according to the group. The recording was then used in federal court as evidence that PAAU Director of Activism, Lauren Handy, violated her terms of release.

Allegations that the FBI is spying on pro-life gatherings in tandem with the rise in high-profile FBI investigations into pro-life Americans raise well-founded concerns for millions of Americans. The American people deserve the truth – are their tax dollars and federal law enforcement agencies being used to spy on pro-life Americans?
 
We request a response to the below questions by March 8, 2023:
 
  1. Did the FBI send an undercover informant to a pro-life meeting at the Watergate hotel on January 19, 2023?
  2. For what reason(s) did the FBI and DOJ consider it necessary for an FBI informant to attend this pro-life meeting?
    1. Please provide all correspondence regarding the decision-making process for an undercover FBI informant to attend the abovementioned meeting on January 19, 2023.
  3. Does the FBI regularly send undercover FBI informant to pro-life meetings?
    1. If so, please explain the rationale behind FBI informants attending pro-life meetings.
    2. Are these action in anyway related to ongoing investigations regarding violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act?
  4. Explain the FBI’s rational for using bureau resources to spy on pro-life meetings?
  5. Does the FBI view pro-life Americans as domestic terrorists?
Sincerely,
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