A dozen Republican U.S. senators have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI suggesting that federal agents may have violated use-of-force policy when they arrested a Catholic pro-life activist last week. 

The twelve Republican senators, most of whom are on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, led by ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking them to justify the show of force that accompanied the arrest of Mark Houck. Houck was indicted by a grand jury last Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced last Friday that it arrested Houck on charges of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. The law subjects anyone who “intentionally injures, intimidates or interferes with or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with” any person who seeks to “provide reproductive health services” to federal charges.

Houck is the president of The King’s Men, a Catholic ministry created to “unite and build up other men in the mold of leader, protector, and provider through education, formation, healing, and action.”

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