House Republicans pressure DOJ for info on school board memo: ‘Pretext to silence parents’

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Lawmakers argue, ‘Parents who care about children’s education are not terrorists’

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First on Granthshala: House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland seeking more information about his controversial October 4 memo that addressed the harassment of public school officials, in which his instructions were “across the country.” There is an excuse to silence the parents.”

Republican Reps of South Carolina. The letter, led by Nancy Mays and Ralph Norman and James Comer of Kentucky, gives Garland a November 17 deadline to provide documents and information supporting the memo, which directed the FBI and the US Attorney’s offices to investigate The Department of Justice (DOJ) called the “disturbing trend” of harassment of school officials, threats of violence at school board meetings to counter it.

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Republicans are seeking evidence that shows a national increase in harassment of school officials, as well as all communications between DOJ staff and the White House. memorandum. They want to see an outline of all previous drafts of the memorandum and the DOJ’s guidelines to ensure that “prosecutors are not targeting individuals in retaliation for exercising fundamental rights or civil liberties.”

“It is deeply worrying to me that the US Department of Justice is being weaponized to target parents who are only concerned with the well-being of their children,” Norman said in a statement. “Now more than ever, parents must be active participants in what their children are being taught, particularly in school districts across the country that incorporate far-left ‘social justice’ efforts within their academics.” Has gone.”

Members of Congress are calling for any information that prompted the memo, in addition to a letter sent by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to the Biden administration, which cites potential acts of “domestic terrorism” as hostility toward school boards. calls for federal action to address

Garland told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that the letter influenced the decision-making of his office, but he insisted it was not the sole basis for the memo and others, including “public reports of violence and threats of violence.” evidence. informed of his final decision.

Garland had already missed a deadline Monday by Senate Republicans requesting information supporting his memo when he told committee members it was forthcoming.

Wednesday’s letter also requests documents regarding any ethical guidance that Garland sought related to the release of the memo, citing conflicts of interest about her son-in-law’s company, Panorama Education, a technology company that is a technology company that advances critical race theory-related ideas and provides services to school districts nationwide.

Mays said in a statement, “The attorney general is most focused on exercising his powers as the nation’s top police officer to label parents as domestic terrorists, with only the opinion of for what their children are being taught in school.” “I have great concern about the attorney general’s impartiality because it has been widely reported that his family has a financial stake in teaching CRT in our schools.”

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appears for a House Judiciary Committee supervised hearing on October 21, 2021.

“Instead of attacking parents who pay their salaries, the attorney general should focus on prosecuting real threats of terror domestically and abroad,” he said. “We’ve seen no action on organized crimes like the devastating riots in Charleston in May 2020 that closed businesses and sparked violence. Parents who care about their children’s education are not terrorists.”

Comer said in a statement, “The Biden administration is more concerned about leaving behind-at-home parents who want to protect their children from the radical propaganda being taught in classrooms than about fighting terrorists in Afghanistan, who want to harm women, children and American soldiers.” .

“Concerned parents advocating on behalf of their children are not domestic terrorists. It is outrageous that the Biden administration treated left-wing education activists in this way. We must answer about the efforts.”


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