House Judiciary Committee Republicans released whistleblower documents on Tuesday that showed the FBI counterterrorism division created “threat tags” on parents for alleged aggressive behavior toward school boards, contradicting sworn Attorney General Merrick Garland’s testimony, the New York Post reports.
The documents included an Oct. 20 email in which officials said the threat tag, “EDUOFFICIALS,” should be applied to any “investigations or assessments of threats” against school board members and school personnel.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) November 16, 2021
“The purpose of the threat tag is to help scope this threat on a national level and provide an opportunity for comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective engagement with law enforcement partners at all levels,” it read.
The email referred to an Oct. 4 memo from Garland that said federal law enforcement should take the lead in dealing with a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”
The documents were “specific evidence that law enforcement operationalized counterterrorism tools at the behest of a left-wing special interest group against concerned parents,” the House Judiciary GOP said.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) took it even further in a tweet.
Merrick Garland testified that the FBI wasn’t targeting parents.
We now know the FBI is “tagging” parents they consider threatening.
The Attorney General has some explaining to do. https://t.co/Y9HJfllH59
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 16, 2021
Garland must resign
Conservative activist Christopher Rufo went all in, tweeting, “Merrick Garland must resign.”
Garland’s testimony was meant to set Republicans’ minds at ease that parents were not being looked at like domestic terrorists, but it turns out that Garland misled Congress, and the American people.
Garland and at least part of the FBI are seemingly attempting to target parents in an effort to intimidate and silence them so they won’t speak out at school board meetings or in other venues about what is being taught or adopted in their children’s schools.
Rufo went on to say, “Attorney General Garland provided zero evidence that parents are engaging in credible threats or acts of violence. And yet, he mobilized the FBI Counterterrorism Division to use counterterrorism tools for investigating, tracking, and tagging parents.”