House Republicans Demand Answers From All 93 US Attorneys on DOJ Memo Targeting Parents

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A radical of House Republicans are demanding answers from each 93 U.S. attorneys astir what steps they person taken since the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo directing them to perchance ace down connected parental protests.

“We are continuing to analyse the troubling attempts by the Department of Justice and the White House to usage the dense manus of national instrumentality enforcement to people acrophobic parents astatine section school board meetings and chill their protected First Amendment activity,” the Republicans said successful a missive (pdf) sent connected Monday to each U.S. lawyer successful each 50 states and territories.

The DOJ memo, which sparked overmuch contention since its Oct. 4 release, directs the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to “convene meetings” with authorities and section governments to code an alleged “disturbing spike successful harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against teachers and schoolhouse leaders.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland later revealed astatine a legislature hearing that his section issued the memo aft communicating with the White House astir a missive from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The NSBA missive characterized disruptions astatine schoolhouse committee meetings arsenic “a signifier of home coercion and hatred crime,” and urged the Biden administration to invoke counter-terrorism laws to grip “angry mobs” of parents seeking to clasp schoolhouse officials accountable for teaching the Marxist-inspired critical contention theory and for imposing COVID-19 restrictions connected their children.

“Concerned parents voicing their beardown absorption to arguable curricula astatine section schools are not home terrorists,” the Republicans said, adding that authorities and section authorities are already equipped with ineligible tools successful lawsuit immoderate genitor really crosses the enactment to perpetrate a convulsive act.

Although the NSBA has apologized for the missive which the DOJ memo was based on, Garland has yet to rescind the order, meaning that his directives to U.S. Attorneys are inactive successful effect, the Republicans said.

They further noted that during Garland’s grounds earlier the House, “he appeared to person nary thought whether the U.S. Attorney meetings helium ordered were really taking place.”

Specifically, the Republicans request that the U.S. attorneys supply a trove of information, including each documents and communications related to convening meetings successful their respective judicial districts successful effect to Garland’s memo, and the names of each idiosyncratic employees progressive and organizations that were invited to oregon attended specified meetings.

The U.S. attorneys volition person until Nov. 15 to manus successful those materials.

The missive was co-signed by 19 Republican members of Congress, including Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the apical Republican connected the House Judiciary Committee.

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