Anew memo shows that Attorney General Merrick Garland lied to Congress about the FBI snooping on parent groups upset with local school boards for their use of Critical Race Theory in the classroom. If so, it doesn’t warrant a slap on the hand, but swift removal from office.
Presidents deserve to have the people they nominate serve their entire term. But that’s not the case when that person lies under oath to Congress and, by extension, the American people. That’s a criminal offense.
This allegation comes from an official letter sent to the Justice Department by Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking GOP member of the House Judiciary Committee, in response to an email from a whistleblower.
If you’ll recall, on Oct. 21, Garland appeared before Congress and said he couldn’t “imagine any circumstances in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor … a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorists.”
He went on to say, “I do not think that parents getting angry at school boards for whatever reason constitute domestic terrorism. It’s not even a close question.”
The only problem is, neither statement is true.
Garland in fact proposed using the FBI to investigate parents indignant over schools subjecting their children to the Marxist, anti-American ideological propaganda of Critical Race Theory. For all we know, he’s still doing it.
What prompted such a move? It came in response to a Sept. 29 letter sent to President Joe Biden by National School Board Association (NSBA) President Viola Garcia. In it, Garcia calls parents who dare to speak out on CRT and other educational travesties, such as forcing kids to wear masks, an “immediate threat” to educators that’s “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
“Now, we ask that the federal government investigate, intercept, and prevent the current threats and acts of violence against our public school officials,” Garcia wrote.
Evidence? Garcia doesn’t present any. Even so, Biden apparently was so impressed that on Oct. 13 he named Garcia to the National Assessment Governing Board, the organization that overseas what students will be tested on for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called “the Nation’s Report Card.”
We wonder: Will CRT be on that board’s agenda, too?
In any case, Garland got the message early on, likely directly from Biden’s office: Do something about these troublesome parents.
So on Oct. 4, Garland kicked both the FBI and U.S. attorneys into gear, telling them to meet with “federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial leaders” on “strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff, and will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response.”
The public response was swift. Parents of school-age kids expressed outrage. And, as of last week, some 26 state school boards had distanced themselves from Garcia’s letter and 11 had quit the NSBA entirely. The NSBA’s own board retracted and repudiated its letter to Biden.