Lawfare, 2-Tier Justice Just the Tip of Joe Biden’s DOJ Iceberg

No matter how much you might hate what the Department of Justice (DOJ) has become, it isn’t even close to enough. Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas released a statement that announced the arrest of a 34-year-old surgeon.

The crime? Dr. Ethan Haim’s ‘crime’ was exposing the fact Texas Children’s Hospital — the largest children’s medical facility in the nation — was secretly performing gender-affirming care on minors after the hospital claimed it had shut down the program.

The medical facility claimed it discontinued these procedures following the denouncement by GOP Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in which he equated them to child abuse.

Haim uncovered information revealing that the facility continued running the program and relayed it to conservative journalist Christopher Rufo.

Following that revelation, Texas made gender-affirming care for minors illegal.

Instead of thanking Haim for exposing the travesty, President Joe Biden’s appointee, U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani, charged him with unauthorized access to the personal information of pediatric patients, in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Act.

Rufo disputes the claim.

“For my own part, I can confirm that nothing in the information provided to me identified any individual; all the documents were carefully redacted,” wrote Rufo in a City Journal story.

Haim appeared earlier in the week in front of U.S. Magistrate Yvonne Ho, another Joe Biden appointee.

“I have maintained from day one that I have done nothing wrong. We’re going to fight this tooth and nail, stand up for whistleblowers everywhere,” said Haim outside the courthouse following his Monday arraignment.

In the meantime, a second whistleblower has come forward with information that may be even more damaging to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Vanessa Sivadge, a registered nurse at the facility, confirmed Haim’s claims and added that the hospital was in violation of federal law for billing taxpayers for gender-affirming care through Medicaid.

Although Sivadge hasn’t been charged with a crime, according to another Journal piece by Rufo, her confirmations prompted a visit from federal investigators.

“In a panic,” Sivadge told Rufo that two FBI special agents, David McBride and Paul Nixon, appeared at her door and told her she was a “person of interest” in an investigation targeting Haim, telling her he broke federal laws of privacy.

“They threatened me,” said Sivadge. “They promised they would make life difficult for me if I was trying to protect [Haim]. They said I was ‘not safe’ at work and claimed that someone at my workplace had given my name to the FBI.”

Sivadge also told Rufo she had regrets about her participation in the gender-affirming scheme of the hospital.

“I was told to do something I knew was wrong,” said Sivadge. “It made me sick that the lie called ‘gender-affirming care’ was being sold to parents and children and creating hugely lucrative profits in secret — and I was part of it.”

Ironically, physicians and hospitals will probably get off with a slap on the wrist. The whistleblowers are the ones under fire.

If Haim is found guilty, he could receive a 10-year maximum sentence and a fine of $250,000.

Believe it’s unlikely? Don’t hold your breath.

Last month, a federal district judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton sentenced Paula Harlow, 75 years old and in poor health, to a prison term of two years.

Her crime? Participating in a 2020 demonstration at a late-term abortion mill in the Washington, D.C., area.

The defense lawyer for Harlow told the court if she’s sentenced to prison time, her husband wanted to be sentenced along with her because she wouldn’t survive otherwise because of her health issues.

The judge who sentenced Harlow told her that it was her religious duty just to suck it up and not die.

“I would suggest that in terms of your religion, one of the tenets is that you should make an effort during this period of time…to remain alive, to do the things that you need to do to survive, because that’s part of the tenets of your religion, and it’s something that I would think you would want to do for your husband,” said the judge.

A registered nurse and a Texas-based surgeon must be wondering what fate awaits them, while an elderly couple already knows theirs.

All four are in this position for embracing a moral decision — two for protecting life inside the womb and two for protecting children outside it.

In the meantime, federal officials fear nothing and remain content in their protected lives, even with the knowledge that their corrupt, weak president holds on to power — for now.

Thomas Jefferson observed, “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” 

We’ve arrived.