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‘No Regret’: De Blasio Defends Statement Threatening Jews With Arrest For Attending A Rabbi’s Funeral

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A group of Jews gathered in Brooklyn late Tuesday to pay their respects to a prominent rabbi who recently passed away reportedly from the coronavirus. A local reporter was quickly tipped off to the event and shared photos on Twitter showing hundreds of Jews gathering.

The photos gained the attention of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, who decided to kick a group of mourners while they were down by singling them out and threatening them with arrest for “those who gather in large groups,” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

De Blasio defended his words in his Wednesday news conference saying it “was said with love, but it was tough love” pledging that he “won’t tolerate antisemitism” while condemning the Jewish community for “putting each other in danger and our police officers in danger.”

He concluded, “If in my passion and in my emotion, I said something that in any way was hurtful, I’m sorry about that, that was not my intention. But I also want to be clear, I’ve no regrets about calling out this danger and saying we’re going to deal with it very, very aggressively.”

New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, who is Jewish himself, condemned de Blasio’s Tweet in a statement to this reporter. “Publicly singling out the Jewish community directly like this is irresponsible and dangerous, especially with the rise of anti-Semitism in and around NYC and during this time of heightened fear,” Zeldin said.

The Mayor’s comments also fired up a social media storm of both Jews and non-Jews outraged by the hateful message shared by an elected official.

Some on social media argued that the Mayor, himself, has not adhered to the social distancing orders sharing images and footage of de Blasio unnecessarily traveling throughout the city.

In fact, in a video posted to Twitter this week, the Mayor was captured “non-essentially” traveling to Brooklyn for a stroll in the park. “I live right near Prospect Park. It’s a nice place to exercise at distance, Today, I ran into @nycmayor @billdeblasio w/ @nycfirst lady there,” a local passerby wrote on Twitter. “But they live 11 miles away *inside* another park and force a 4 SUV entourage to drive them non-essentially to Bklyn for recreation.”

De Blasio was also seen just before the citywide shutdown went into effect sneaking into his YMCA for a last-minute gym session.

The Mayor’s comments also come at a time when many extremist groups are capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic sharing hateful rhetoric and images on social media in an effort to single out the Jews for spreading the virus. Further, the FBI’s New York office warned last month that hate groups were encouraging members diagnosed with the virus to spread their infected bodily fluids to the Jewish community. Antisemitic hate crimes, even before the pandemic began, were peaking in the state.

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House Speaker Mike Johnson Vows to Take Legal Action After DOJ Declines to Prosecute Merrick Garland

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House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed disappointment on Friday over the Justice Department’s (DOJ) decision not to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after the House voted to hold him in contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena. Johnson announced plans to take the subpoena to federal court and certify the contempt reports.

The DOJ stated that Garland’s refusal to comply with the subpoena, which instructed him to turn over an audio recording of President Joe Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur, did not “constitute a crime.” This decision follows the GOP-led House’s vote on Wednesday to hold Garland in contempt, passing the resolution with a 216–207 vote.

“The House disagrees with the assertions in the letter from the Department of Justice,” Johnson wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter). “As Speaker, I will be certifying the contempt reports to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. It is sadly predictable that the Biden Administration’s Justice Department will not prosecute Garland for defying congressional subpoenas even though the department aggressively prosecuted Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro for the same thing.”

Johnson criticized the DOJ’s decision as “another example” of what he perceives as the Biden administration’s two-tiered system of justice. He emphasized that the House would pursue the enforcement of the subpoena against Garland in federal court. The contempt order was issued after President Biden invoked executive privilege over the tapes, though Congress has received a transcript of the interview.

In a statement following the House’s contempt vote, Garland blasted the decision, accusing House Republicans of weaponizing their power for partisan purposes. “Today’s vote disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the Justice Department’s need to protect its investigations, and the substantial amount of information we have provided to the Committees,” Garland stated. “I will always stand up for this department, its employees, and its vital mission to defend our democracy.”

The Justice Department’s refusal to prosecute Garland underscores ongoing tensions between the executive branch and the GOP-led House. The situation reflects broader disputes over congressional oversight, executive privilege, and the handling of classified information.

As Speaker Johnson moves forward with legal action, the outcome could set significant precedents for the balance of power between Congress and the executive branch. The decision to pursue enforcement of the subpoena in federal court will be closely watched, as it may influence future interactions between legislative investigators and executive officials.

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