A whistleblower provided Congress with documents that would show that Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI to investigate the parents of students under the label of “domestic terrorists.”
Moreover, Garland may have misrepresented the truth to Congress by testifying under oath that neither the FBI nor the Justice Department had intervened in these anti-terrorist operations, according to Fox News on Nov. 16.
In response to Garland’s testimony, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, noted, “Merrick Garland testified that the FBI wasn’t targeting parents.”
He added, “We now know the FBI is ‘tagging’ parents they consider threatening. The Attorney General has some explaining to do.”
“If however, you were aware of the FBI’s actions at the time of your testimony, this evidence showed that you willfully misled the Committee about the nature and extent of the Department’s use of counterterrorism tools to target concerned parents at school board meetings,” Jordan added.
In this regard, Sen. Josh Hawley, also a Republican from Ohio, agreed with Jordan, considering in a tweet, “If this is accurate, parents are getting the domestic-terrorist treatment after all.”
An internal email from the FBI’s criminal and counterterrorism divisions revealed instructions given to agents to apply the threat label “EDUOFFICIALS” to all investigations into possible threats to education officials, nationwide.
For its part, the FBI responded to the allegations, “The FBI has never been in the business of investigating parents who speak out or policing speech at school board meetings, and we are not going to start now.”
This entire process was prompted by a letter from the National School Boards Association released in September, in which it called on federal agencies to investigate whether alleged threats to school board members constituted a domestic terrorist threat.
Based on that letter, Garland ordered the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Offices to follow up on the alleged threats against school boards on Oct. 4.
This move generated a widespread outcry from U.S. parents. For her part, the president and founder of the non-profit organization Parents Defending Education, Nicole Neily, was among those who spoke out, saying:
“Not only has America’s education bureaucracy declared war on parents concerned about local schools—but so has the Department of Justice, which has weaponized the FBI against parents to chill their speech,” in a statement, according to National Review.
She added, “The American people deserve a full accounting of exactly who was involved, and when—so that egregious overreach like this may be prevented in the future.”
The protests prompted 17 state attorneys general to demand that the Justice Department urgently rescind the memo issued Oct. 4 directing the FBI to work with states to silence parents with school-age children who are against Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other left-wing education policies.