Biden’s DOJ Targets Republican West Virginia Governor’s Family

Republicans are crying foul about the news that President Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is targeting West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family, just a week after the governor announced he was running to unseat Democrat Joe Manchin from the Senate.

Biden’s DOJ has filed a civil complaint against his family’s coal empire, citing “repeated violations of the law,” including over a dozen coal businesses owned by his son Jay Justice, to win what the assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division Todd Kim calls the “penalties they owe as a result of those violations.”

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“Our environmental laws serve to protect communities against adverse effects of industrial activities, including surface coal mining operations,” Kim said in a statement. “Through this suit, the Justice Department seeks to deliver accountability for defendants’ repeated violations of the law and to recover the penalties they owe as a result of those violations.”

According to U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh, for the Western District of Virginia claimed, the coal empire had been ignoring warnings for years, putting the health of the public.

“Over a five-year period, defendants engaged in over 130 violations of federal law, thereby posing health and safety risks to the public and the environment. After given notice, they then failed to remedy those violations and were ordered over 50 times to cease mining activities until their violations were abated. Today, the filing of this complaint continues the process of holding defendants accountable for jeopardizing the health and safety of the public and our environment.”

While whether or not Justice has engaged in the practices the DOJ alleges is currently unclear, the surrounding context has raised doubts in the minds of many about the motives of Biden’s Department of Justice. One of the more obvious questions is why Justice is being sued for financial penalties in the civil process instead of being embroiled in the criminal process for alleged violations of law.

The revelation also comes in the wake of several stories around bias in federal law enforcement coming to light, including the bomb-shell Durham Report and a still-developing story involving the FBI spying on Catholics as at-risk for extremism.

However, the most called-out detail of this incident is timing. Biden’s DOJ announced they were bringing the civil action against Justice just weeks after the West Virginia Governor was approached to attempt to unseat Democrat Senator Joe Manchin. Several Twitter users pointed out this timing and its potential implications.


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