State and local law enforcement agencies were hesitant to enforce Merrick Garland's notorious memo directing the FBI to investigate conservative parents, according to a new report from House Republicans.
Prosecutors believed the feds were overreaching in their response to an exaggerated "threat" to school boards, an investigation led by Jim Jordan's (R-Oh.) subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government found.
Garland has vehemently denied targeting parents, but the FBI admitted in response to Jordan's subpoena that it opened 25 "assessments" into school board threats, six of which fell under the "counterterrorism" division.
The FBI admitted to Jordan's committee that it "has not observed an uptick of threats directed at school officials since it began tracking the data," despite Garland citing a "disturbing uptick" in threats to school boards in his infamous 2021 memo.
Among the spurious "threats" the FBI probed: a mom in a “right-wing mom’s group” and a father who "rail[ed] against the government."
There have been no federal arrests in the school board probes, Jordan's report said, which suggests the motive was "silencing the critics of [Biden's]
radical education policies and neutralizing an issue that was threatening Democrat Party prospects" in 2021 elections.
U.S. attorneys reported concerns about the memo to the DOJ, with one saying it was "very poorly received" by law enforcement officials who felt it addressed a "manufactured issue."
"No one I spoke with in law enforcement seemed to think that there is a serious national threat directed at school boards, which gave the impression that our priorities are misapplied," Steven D. Weinhoeft, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, wrote.
Garland has also been accused of exaggerating the threat of "white supremacy" to justify President Biden's narrative about race, with one agent telling the Washington Times that the "demand for white supremacy" outpaces "the supply."
Republicans have accused Garland of presiding over a two-tiered justice system that targets conservatives. During a recent Senate hearing, Garland preposterously asserted that arsonists who attacked pro-life centers haven't been caught because they were operating "at night."
Jordan's report shed further light on collusion between Biden administration officials and the National School Boards Association, which issued the infamous, since-retracted letter asking the DOJ to investigate parents as "domestic terrorists" under the Patriot Act.
Before the memo was released, a DOJ staffer e-mailed it to the NSBA's CEO Chip Slaven, writing, "It was a pleasure to speak with you today regarding efforts the Department of Justice is taking to address threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff."
E-mails obtained separately by America First Legal show that FBI officials also had qualms about Garland's memo, with one writing, "I hope DOJ reconsiders."