- Last month, Merrick Garland weaponized the DOJ against concerned school parents, treating them as “domestic terrorists.”
- He told the House Judiciary Committee parents would not be labeled as “domestic terrorists.”
- Now, an FBI whistleblower has revealed that counterterrorism tactics are being used to mark and monitor parents.
Last month, The Drill Down reported on Merrick Garland’s decision to monitor parents after the National School Board Association asked the Biden administration to treat parent protests at school board meetings as possible acts of ‘domestic terrorism.’
Here’s what Garland’s memo said at the time:
“In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools…The Department takes these incidents seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate.”
Because concerned school parents are not “domestic terrorists,” Garland landed in the hot seat, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. At the time, Garland said he could not “imagine any circumstance” where the FBI would label parents as “domestic terrorists.”
But according to a recent FBI whistleblower email, “threat tags” were created to track instances of school board harassment – potential proof that the DOJ is using counterterrorism tactics to track and monitor concerned parents.
Now, GOP committee members have questions and parents want Garland gone.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is calling for Garland to return to Capitol Hill to respond to the “threat tag” leak. “Garland said ‘oh, no, we would never treat them like domestic terrorists,’ Hawley told Fox News. “Of course that’s what left wing groups wanted. Garland said ‘we are not going to do that’ – [but] now we know the counter-terrorism division has been tracking parents.”
“Hawley [says] he read the leaked email relative to the allegation that showed officials ‘drawing up lists of crimes’ they could potentially charge parents with,” Fox News reports.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also released a statement after the “threat tag” leak, saying that “Biden’s Department of Justice is using FBI criminal and counterterrorism resources to target parents.”
Parent groups and political action committees are starting to mobilize against the AG, as well.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Ian Prior, executive director of the political action committee Fight for Schools, and the Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo were among those calling for Garland’s resignation after House Republicans disclosed [the] internal FBI email.”
“At the very minimum [Garland] misled Congress. It’s likely he actually lied to Congress,” Rufo said. “We know from these whistleblower documents that the FBI has mobilized the counter-terrorism division against everyday moms and dads protesting at school board meetings.”
Merrick Garland’s only play is to return to Capitol Hill, answer for the “threat tag” leak, and reassure Congress – and concerned parents – that the FBI aren’t treating moms and dads like domestic terrorists.