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Politics Ben Sasse accuses Merrick Garland of 'political hackery' over school board memo

22:15  27 october  2021
22:15  27 october  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Garland refuses to commit to ethics review over DOJ school board memo

  Garland refuses to commit to ethics review over DOJ school board memo Attorney General Merrick Garland repeatedly refused to commit to an ethics review after Republicans raised conflict of interest concerns about his son-in-law’s left-wing education company in the wake of a Biden DOJ memo aimed at threats and violence at school board protests. © Provided by Washington Examiner Garland at least three times refused to say whether he had already submitted himself to an ethics review and refused to commit to any future ethics review on the issue during questioning by Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.

Sen. Ben Sasse called a Justice Department memo about threats toward school boards “political hackery” on Wednesday and said Attorney General Merrick Garland politicized the DOJ.

  Ben Sasse accuses Merrick Garland of 'political hackery' over school board memo © Provided by Washington Examiner

Earlier this month, the department issued a memo directing the FBI to watch out for threats of violence against school boards and education officials. Critics of the memo called it an effort to silence parents protesting school board meetings over issues such as mask mandates or curricula.

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At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sasse said it is “political hackery that brought that topic to your desk, not reality.”

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“I’m strongly against all violence against everyone in public life and all threats of violence,” Sasse said. “You’ve not at any point here given us any data that shows us why this would in any way be a federal priority at this time.”

Garland said the purpose of the memo was “to assess the extent of the problem.”

“And if there is no problem, if states and local law enforcement are capable of handling it, then there is no need for our involvement,” Garland said. “It has nothing to do with politics.”

Sasse asked Garland if he would report back to the committee “how big a threat the American parent class is to school boards.”

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“I’d be happy to get a report back to you, but this is not about the American parent,” Garland said.

House GOP calls on Garland to withdraw DOJ schools memo after NSBA apologized for 'domestic terrorism' letter

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“I know. It’s about the politicization of the DOJ,” Sasse said. Garland said he did not agree.

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Original Author: Kate Scanlon

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GOP wants to know why Garland involved DOJ specialized division in school protest efforts .
House Republicans are demanding answers from the Justice Department’s National Security Division in the wake of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s controversial school boards memo which was spurred by a since-withdrawn National School Boards Association letter comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists. © Provided by Washington Examiner Rep.

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