Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

A group of Republicans in the House of Representatives calls the Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick Garland The Republican spin on Biden is gone. to recall a recent memo from the Department of Justice aimed at combating an increase in threats against school board members and other local education officials.

Nineteen Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, who last week attacked Garland over politics during a hearing, signed a letter on Monday urging him to withdraw the memo.

“In your testimony, you circumvented the obvious effect of your ill-considered memorandum and the frightening effect it would have on parents’ protected speech on the First Amendment to invoke the full weight of the federal law enforcement apparatus,” the Republican letter reads.

“Parents have an undisputed right to lead their children’s upbringing and education, especially as school boards try to install controversial curricula,” they added. “Local law enforcement agencies – and not the FBI – are the right authorities to deal with local threats or violence.”

The Ministry of Justice did not respond immediately when asked for a comment.

Garland announced the memo earlier this month, which instructed federal officials to establish lines of communication with local school boards and law enforcement to report threats.

Republicans have painted the memo as a draconian Biden administration policy aimed at curbing parents’ disagreement with incorporating racial literacy materials into school curricula, and criticizing the threat reporting effort as an FBI “sneak line.”

During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee last week, Garland pushed back on Republican attacks, arguing that his department seeks only to ensure that local debates do not escalate into violence and threaten the safety of school officials and teachers.

“I want to be aware that the Department of Justice supports and defends the right of parents to complain as loudly as they want, about their children’s education, about the curriculum being taught in schools,” Garland said at the time.

“This is not about what happens within school board meetings,” he added. “It’s just about threats of violence and violence against school officials, school staff and teachers.”

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