Attorney General Merrick Garland sat before a Senate committee this week. He faced tough questions about his memo directing the FBI to check out the “domestic engineers” otherwise known as parents speaking out at school board meetings.
Some Senators sounded as though they
wanted to jump down Garland’s throat, and he looked like a deer caught in the
headlights of a vehicle at times. Fred Lucas took the following six things away
from the hearing.
1. Defending His Schools Memo
Testifying to the House Judiciary
Committee last week, Garland defended his memo directing the FBI and Justice
Department personnel to investigate parents who speak out at school board
meetings as a response to a letter to Biden from the National School Boards
The NSBA apologized, however,
following a public row over the letter in which multiple state chapters of the
group representing school board members distanced themselves from language
calling for use of the Patriot Act and other anti-terrorism laws to act against
2. ‘Thank God You’re Not on Supreme Court’
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., unloaded on
“When you crafted that memo, did you
consult with senior leadership at the FBI?” Cotton asked about the instructions
on working with local school officials and law enforcement. …
Cotton [asked several questions and] seemed
to become frustrated.
“Judge, this is shameful. This testimony,
your directive, your performance is shameful,” Cotton said. “Thank God you are
not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace, Judge.” …
Grassley asked why the Justice Department
settled with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired in 2018
for repeatedly lying under oath, according to the Justice Department’s Office
of Inspector General and its Office of Professional Responsibility.
Despite that, the Justice Department
reached a settlement with McCabe in his lawsuit to overturn his firing, and
allowed him to retire and keep his taxpayer-funded pension….
Garland said the Justice Department is
“not constrained” from investigating multiple conservative organizations such
as the Republican Attorneys General Association, the Honest Elections Project,
and others as part of the investigation into the Capitol riot….
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, noted that
Garland’s son-in-law, Alexander Tanner, is an executive with Panorama
Education, a company that makes money off the use of critical race theory in
The teaching of critical race theory, or
using it to frame lessons, is a major issue that parents protest at local
school board meetings.
“Did you seek and receive a decision from
an ethics adviser at DOJ before you carried out an action that would have a
predictable financial benefit to your son-in-law?” Cruz asked Garland.
Garland seemed to dodged the question a
bit before answering: “This has no predictable effect on what we are talking
When Cruz pressed, Garland said of his
instructions to the FBI and other Justice Department personnel: “This
memorandum has nothing to do with critical race theory.”
Garland did not directly answer no as Cruz
kept asking: “Did you seek an ethics opinion?”
“I’m telling you if I thought there was a
reason to believe there was a conflict of interest, I would do that,” Garland
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., asked
whether the report from special counsel John Durham, who is investigating the
origins of various probes of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, would be made
“His budget has been approved, as I have
already announced,” Garland said, “and with respect to the report, I would like
as much as possible to be made public. I have to be concerned about Privacy Act
concerns and declassification. But other than that, our commitment is to
provide a public report, yes.”
Blackburn followed up by asking: “Can you
guarantee this committee that Special Counsel Durham has free rein to proceed
wherever his investigation takes him, without any political or otherwise undue
influence or interference?”
The attorney general answered
“There will be no political or undue
interference,” he said.
Garland seems to me to be a political
hack, as shown by his memo to the FBI calling parents “domestic terrorists.” I
feel certain that the Biden administration and their supporters do not like the
fact that parents are aware of what is happening in school. Parents love their
children, and most of them get upset when people use and abuse them.