Garland’s Senate testimony comes less than a week after she testified before the House Judiciary Committee
attorney general Merrick Garland testify before Senate Judiciary Committee On Wednesday, where questions may have to be faced regarding his politicization Justice Department.
Garland’s Senate testimony comes less than a week after addressing the same issues before the House Judiciary Committee last Thursday, and at a time when the agency is in the midst of several high-profile cases and controversies.
Hunter Biden, a Republican member of the committee, will focus on issues related to the school board and critical race theory, while Democrats are likely to focus on it. January 6 Riot in the US Capitol.
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CRT and School Board
One issue that House Republicans captured during last week’s hearing was Garland’s recent memo to the Justice Department about her employees interfering in incidents of violence or threats to target state and local school board officials. Doing.
Republican lawmakers have criticized Garland for involving the federal government in issues that they claim should be handled by state and local law enforcement.
Garland has also taken heat for issuing her memo, just days after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued a letter calling the Biden administration on issues such as the important race principle of nonviolent disruption of school board meetings. has been asked to use the Patriot Act to deal with it. and transgender bathrooms.
The letter said some threats against school board members could equate to “domestic terrorism”.
NSBA on Friday issued an apology For a few words in the letter, writing in part: “On behalf of the NSBA, we are sorry and apologize for the letter.”
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The NSBA noted that “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”
the letter has since indicated Congressional Republicans To call for the resignation of Garland, who has attempted to distance himself from some of the letter’s language.
“The Attorney General is very clear that the job of the Department of Justice working with state and local law enforcement is to prevent violence, to stop threats of violence, whether it’s in school boards, whether it’s in hate crimes, whether it’s elections. be against activists, whether directed against judges or members of Congress,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said recently. Press conference.
“Our focus is on preventing violence and threats of violence,” he said.
NS education Department Eyebrows were raised earlier this week amid revelations that it had appointed Viola Garcia to a federal board overseeing student progress. Garcia is the president of the NSBA and signed the letter that sparked controversy.
Garland has also faced scrutiny because of her son-in-law, Zaan Tanner, who co-founded Education Consultancy that pioneered ideas related to CRT and provided services to school districts across the country. Garland’s relationship with the company has raised questions about a potential conflict of interest related to law enforcement cracking down on the school board’s opposition.
During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D.N.Y., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, got into a heated argument about whether Jordan should be allowed to watch video of parents at school board meetings. will be allowed to run.
“I also asked for information on Chinese citizens associated with the communist Chinese regime who are linked to the Biden family,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“One person, Patrick Ho, was not only linked to the Chinese regime, he was clearly linked to its intelligence services. Hunter Biden allegedly represented him for $1 million.”
During their appearance before members of the House, Reps Tom McClintock, R-California, and Ken Buck, R-Colo. asked Garland whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Hunter Biden and his finances.
Buck mentioned how a piece of Hunter’s artwork was sold for $500,000, which he argued was thanks to family ties.
Garland said he could not comment, saying that a federal investigation into Hunter Biden is ongoing.
Granthshala News’ Ron Blitzer and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.