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GOP senators hammer Merrick Garland over schools memo, AG stands firm

'Not every outburst or expression of concern by neighbors among neighbors at a local school board meeting warrants a federal investigation,' Senator Lee said.

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'Not every outburst or expression of concern by neighbors among neighbors at a local school board meeting warrants a federal investigation,' Senator Lee said.

'Not every outburst or expression of concern by neighbors among neighbors at a local school board meeting warrants a federal investigation,' Senator Lee said.

Buthave consistently hammered Garland on the memo, accusing him of attempting to treat concerned parents as domestic terrorists."This kind of looks like something that would come out of some communist country," Senator, an Iowa Republican, told Garland.

He also went on to question whether theFBIcould be keeping a database of parents who've been reported—an insinuation Garland rejected."What is the department doing with tips it receives on this dedicated line and what are you doing with those parents who have been reported?" Grassley asked.

Garland'smemo doesn'tmention domestic terrorism or parents and, instead, directly references"illegal" threats and harassment. It doesn't propose any direct action other than coordinating or sharing information on addressing the trend and said that the FBI would"announce a series of measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel."

"It makes absolutely clear, in the in the first paragraph, that spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution," Garland said."That includes debate by parents criticizing school boards."Fueled by anger over mask and vaccine mandates meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as GOP-led concerns over mostly history curriculum, videos have shown parents across the country packing school board meetings to speak out. In some cases, meetings have been cut short or had attendance restrictions because of unruly demonstrations.

The memo has been used in a campaign ad in the upcoming Virginia governor's race, accusingof trying to silence parents. Several Republican state attorneys general have also pushed back on the Justice Department's memo.The National School Boards Association had penned a letter to President

Joe Bidenlast month requesting"federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation." The group has since walked back that position after facing backlash.

Several GOP Senators grilled U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland over a memo addressing violence at school board meetings. Garland testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on"Oversight of the United States Department of Justice," on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. October 27.

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Senator Lee must've missed the video in which anti-maskers threatened doctors at a school board meeting ('we will find you. And we know who you are'). THAT was a terroristic threat. Exactly right. But the threats of violence could use some investigation, that’s for sure. WHO in their RIGHT MIND disagrees w protecting school officials, frontline workers & election personnel from ESCALATING threats of violence, intimidation & harassment? This is NOT a 1st Amendm issue. Those making threats need to be held accountable GOP=masters of deception

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