Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland to request an explanation regarding his note to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about “serious concerns” about parents at school board meetings.
The letter, first reported by Daily Callers, led by Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson and joined 18 additional GOP House members on the committee.
“This letter is to express our serious concerns about your recent decision to involve federal law enforcement agencies in local school board debates and suppress the political speech protected by the First Amendment. Your actions are not only inappropriate, but also appear to have been improperly influenced by politics and your family’s interest in the matter, ”the representatives wrote.
“As members of the House Committee on the Judiciary, we have a responsibility to conduct oversight with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and we trust that you will fully cooperate with our inquiry,” they added.
The request portion of the letter includes a call for Garland to submit himself to an ethics investigation.
The members of the Chamber concluded with the “request that you immediately consult with the agency’s designated ethics officer to determine whether your actions in this matter resulted in an ethics breach for a breach of impartiality.”
“Jewish Republicans trust that Mr. Garland will submit our requested ethics inquiry, release to the public its results, and take any actions necessary to protect the integrity of the Attorney General’s office, including either to recuse himself from this issue and / or remove the October 4th memorandum, ”Johnson told the Daily Caller.
Part of the controversy stems from allegations that Garland’s son -in -law earns from work to promote critical racial theory.
“The Department of Justice typically has very broad criteria for the occurrence of invalidity that would compel somehow to question whether there is a conflict of interest,” the former U.S. Assistant Attorney Andy McCarthy said in a recent interview with Fox News.
Garland’s son-in-law is reportedly a co-founder and collaborator with the Panorama Education company. An educational workshop released by the company includes promotional materials critical theory of race and will focus on winning “white supremacy,” according to Fox.
“The idea is that Garland’s son -in -law makes a lot of money from bringing these things to schools. And Garland, even though the Department of Justice seems to have no jurisdiction to do what it does, is being squeezed. the FBI to parents who disagree against these types of materials, ”McCarthy added.
“In recent months, there has been a disturbing increase in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, faculty, and staff who participate in the important work of running our nation’s schools, “wrote the attorney general.
“The Department takes these incidents seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources to prevent these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them as appropriate,” Garland continued.
“In the coming days, the Department will announce a series of measures designed to address the increase in criminal behavior directed at school personnel,” he continued. “Coordination and partnership with local law enforcement is critical to implementing these measures for the benefit of our nation’s nearly 14,000 public school districts.”
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.
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