Cruz says Garland ‘did not care’ to investigate alleged threats and issued memo without prior research
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attacked Attorney General Merrick Garland Wednesday during a Senate hearing, accusing the chief law officer of being involved in political matters after failing to do research and issuing an “outrageous” . memorandum giving instructions Department of Justice To investigate parents who have threatened school board members.
“There is a difference between law and politics, and General Garland, you know the difference between law and politics,” Cruzo said to Garland. “The law is based on facts. It is fair. It is not used as an instrument of political vendetta. This memorandum was not law. This memorandum was politics.”
Garland’s October 4 memo was issued after the Biden administration received a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) claiming that the behavior of some parents could equate to domestic terrorism. NSBA has since issued a apologies For that letter, “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”
“In the letter that you told the House of Representatives that was the basis for this abusive memo, how many incidents are cited in that memo?” Cruz asked Garland.
“I’ll have to look back at the memo,” replied Garland, who later said he didn’t know how many incidents were “violent.”
“You don’t know,” Cruz said. “There’s a reason you don’t know. Because you didn’t care, and nobody in your office cared, to find out. … During this hearing, I cited 20 incidents. 20 of them, 15 The non-violent look on his face.”
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Cruz also accused Garland of targeting parents with opposing political views, insisting that Garland murdered the father of an alleged sexual assault victim at a school in Loudoun County, Virginia, as a domestic terrorist. Labeled as opposed to the school’s handling of the issue.
In response to Cruz’s allegations, Garland said, “I never told him that. It’s not fair.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., pressed Garland about a memo issued by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, which he said pointed to 13 federal crimes for which the mother resulted in speaking at the local school board. Father can be prosecuted. Meetings Hawley suggested that the list could scare parents into not speaking up.
“You testified today that you’re focusing on violence. It’s not that your American lawyers – they work for you – they’re not saying that. You haven’t seen it because it’s not a high enough priority. Or what?” Hawley asked.
“It’s not a question of priority,” Garland replied, insisting he didn’t see the memo because no one had sent it.
“What do you mean no one sent you the memo,” Hawley questioned. “You run the United States Department of Justice, don’t you?”