House Republicans Demand AG Garland Rescind Controversial School Board Memo

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Monday demanded Attorney General Merrick Garland rescind a DOJ memo that discussed federal intervention into state and local school board meetings.

“Your testimony before the Judiciary Committee last week concerning your October 4, 2021, memorandum targeting concerned parents at school board meetings was troubling,”
the letter, signed by 19 Republicans says. “You acknowledged that you issued the unusual directive soon after reading about the thinly sourced letter sent by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to President Biden and not because of any specific request from state or local law enforcement.”

“During your testimony, you sidestepped the obvious effect of your ill-conceived memorandum and the chilling effect that invoking the full weight of the federal law enforcement apparatus would have on parents’ protected First Amendment speech,” the letter continues. “Parents have an undisputed right to direct the upbringing and education of their children, especially as school boards attempt to install controversial curricula. Local law enforcement—and not the FBI—are the appropriate authorities to address any local threats or violence.”

Read the full letter here.

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