After a doctor at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy is demanding answers.

Dr. Eithan Haim, a surgeon working at the hospital, came into the spotlight after alleging that gender mutilation procedures on minors were being performed at Texas Children’s Hospital despite the hospital’s public claim that it had ceased these practices. He is now facing a four-count indictment for allegedly obtaining personal patient information—including names, treatment codes, and details of the attending physicians—through the institution’s electronic system without authorization.

If convicted, Haim faces up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Now, Roy has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers as to why the Biden administration targeted Haim. 

“The circumstances of the Department’s actions toward Dr. Haim raise concerns that it is misusing its law-enforcement authority to advance left-wing policy goals,” wrote Roy. “This prosecution is just the latest example of how the Biden-Garland Justice Department is using the law to target ideological adversaries instead of equally enforcing the law.”

The letter asks for all documents and communication related to the DOJ’s investigation of Haim and the decision to bring charges against him, what the timeframe was concerning the department’s decision to pursue criminal charges, and whether the DOJ believes that blowing the whistle on gender-mutilation procedures recognized by the state of Texas as child abuse qualifies as an exception to HIPAA’s privacy requirements.

“The manner in which this prosecution has proceeded raises questions about its propriety and the use of federal resources by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas,” wrote Roy.

The questions are to assist the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government in its investigation of the DOJ’s investigation into Haim’s indictment. 

Recently, Haim shared his story in an interview with Chris Salcedo. Haim explained that he believes they are going after him to “make an example out of [him].”

“I think the reason this is happening to me is because we challenged the dominant political ideology,” said Haim. “Those in power, who live by lies, who live by corruption, had to make an example out of me.”

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.