attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandPress: No excuse for Garland for not prosecuting Bannon Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – US ‘deeply concerned’ over reports of military seizure in Sudan Ban extremism, but carry on with the rhetoric MORE on Wednesday clashed with Republican senators over the Justice Department’s efforts to crack down on violent threats against school boards, with a GOP member saying to the former judge: “Thank God you are not in the Supreme Court.”
Dens. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonIt’s time for Fauci to leave – but do not expect that to happen. Is the fleet completely at sea? The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Altria – Debt Reconciliation Today; The bite struggles to unite MORE (R-Ark.) Made the remark during a heated exchange in which the senator tried to link the Justice Department’s new school board policy to an incident in Loudoun County, Va., Where a teenager was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student in a school bathroom.
“This testimony, your directive, your performance is shameful,” Cotton said. “Thank God you’re not in the Supreme Court. You should step down in disgrace, Judge.”
Cotton’s remark came during a Senate oversight hearing in which Garland faced repeated Republican attacks on the memo issued earlier this month offering federal assistance to schools and local law enforcement amid a rise in violent threats against education officials and teachers .
Prior to joining the Biden administration this year, Garland was a judge at the influential DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden calls on Trump in an attempt to boost McAuliffe ahead of election day RNC targets McAuliffe, Biden campaign event with mobile billboard The real reason why Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit MORE nominated Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016, but the confirmation process never got under way due to opposition from Senate Republicans.
Cotton was among Republicans in 2016 who opposed the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice during an election year. He also delayed Garland’s confirmation as public prosecutor this year due to criticism of the then judge’s view of immigration.
Republicans have painted the school board’s policy as a federal assault aimed at cooling parents’ disagreement with local school policies.
During the hearing on Wednesday and a house hearing last week, Garland withdrew, claiming that there is nothing in the department’s note that could cool parents’ freedom of speech and that it has nothing to do with the Loudoun County controversy that has largely been treated as a local matter, but has generated considerable public attention, including in the state gubernatorial race.
“This memorandum is not about parents being able to object to their school boards,” Garland said. “They are protected by the first amendment, as long as there are no threats of violence, they are completely protected. So parents can object to their school boards, to curricula, to the treatment of their children, to school policies, all that. “100 percent protected by the first amendment, and there is nothing in this memorandum to contradict it. We are only trying to prevent violence against school officials.”