On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers sent a lawmaker to Attorney General Merrick Garland, demanding answers to whistleblowers’ accusations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) targeted American parents as domestic terrorists for their protesting of school board policies.
As reported by The Daily Wire, the letter was signed by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.), who credited the claims to “brave whistleblowers” who have spoken to their offices about the matter.
“We have learned from brave whistleblowers that the FBI has opened investigations with the EDUOFFICIALS threat tag in almost every region of the country and relating to all types of educational settings,” the letter reads in part. “The information we have received shows how, as a direct result of your directive, federal law enforcement is using counterterrorism resources to investigate protected First Amendment activity.”
The letter is in reference to the widespread grassroots movement that began in 2021 and continues to this day, where parents have protested at school board meetings after discovering that public schools have been indoctrinating students with far-left materials, including Critical Race Theory and transgenderism. The movement led to many school board officials resigning, as well as numerous elections that saw parents and pro-parent activists elected to school board positions on platforms of reversing such curriculum. Most prominently, the protests played a direct role in the Republican sweep of Virginia in last November’s elections.
In October, Garland publicly ordered the FBI’s counterterrorism division to track any such protests, claiming without evidence that such demonstrations constituted “threats” against teachers and school board officials. It was later revealed that Garland only did so after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the Biden Administration, pleading with the federal government to target such protesters as domestic terrorists.
That same month, Garland said in sworn testimony before the Senate that his memo did not specifically direct the FBI to investigate parents at local school board meetings. The NSBA, after intense backlash following the revelation of its letter to Biden, apologized and reversed its stance on the protests.
But according to the whistleblowers’ accusations presented by Jordan and Johnson, the FBI did indeed use the “EDUOFFICIALS” threat tag on “dozens” of investigations into school board protests, which would directly contradict Garland’s testimony, which could open up the door to charges of perjury against the attorney general.
“This whistleblower information is startling,” the two lawmakers’ letter continued. “You have subjected these moms and dads to the opening of an FBI investigation about them, the establishment of an FBI case file that includes their political views, and the application of a “threat tag” to their names as a direct result of their exercise of their fundamental constitutional right to speak and advocate for their children.”
The letter also grimly states: “This information is evidence of how the Biden Administration is using federal law enforcement, including counterterrorism resources, to investigate concerned parents for protected First Amendment activity.”