AG Merrick Garland directs the FBI to lead a task force to address threats against school officials
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri is calling for Attorney General Merrick Garland to resign because Garland “mobilized the FBI to intimidate parents without legal basis.” Hawley argues that Garland’s action was a “dangerous abuse of authority”.
National School Board Association sorry for ‘language’ in letter to parents preferring domestic terrorists
Hawley’s remarks came soon after the National School Board Association issued an apology to its members on Friday night, claiming “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.” The letter was sent just before Garland was released memorandum Instructing the FBI to lead a task force to address threats against school officials, including creating a centralized way to report such threats.
“Merrick Garland mobilized the FBI to intimidate parents without legal basis and, as we now know, based on misinformation they didn’t bother to verify,” Hawley wrote in a tweet. “It was a dangerous abuse of authority that has severely compromised the integrity of the Justice Department and Garland’s integrity. He should resign.”
Earlier this month, Hawley questioned Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco over her handling of the Justice Department situation, calling the action “truly extraordinary.”
“I think parents across this country would be shocked to learn – shocked – that if they show up at a local school board meeting where they have the right to vote, and you are trying to scare them… So, you’re trying to keep quiet. Them, you’re trying to interfere with their rights as parents and, yes, their rights as voters,” Hawley said those days. “It’s wrong. It’s dangerous. And I can’t believe an Attorney General of the United States is involved in this kind of conduct.”
In its original letter to the Biden administration, the NSBA claimed that some rhetoric between school boards and parents could amount to domestic terrorism.
Several educational groups, state school boards and members of the US Civil Rights Commission have criticized the administration for issuing the memo.
one in Letter For Garland, half of the eight members of the Commission on Civil Rights requested a “specific instance” of “harassment, intimidation and threats of violence,” which Garland called evidence of the need for federal intervention in protesting parents in schools. as claimed.
“Will AG reverse?” asked Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, in a tweet Response to the new letter from the NSBA on Friday.