Republican Jim Jordan confronted Attorney General Merrick Garland, during today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, over the alleged use of the Department of Justice initiative designed to protect members of a school board from parents who might threaten violence.
Jim Jordan suggested that the National School Board Association wrote to the Biden administration for help regarding certain parents, and then the FBI was involved quickly.
Jordan said tried sending letters for things and didn’t get a reply for months, suggested that they metaphorically “gave us the finger” as a way to suggest they didn’t pay much attention to the Republican’s requests.
Jordan ties this into the use of DOJ to keep an eye out for parents who might be threatening violence on school board members. Jordan mentions a “snitch lines on parents” but wants to know where that action and response time is for local political leaders.
Jordan specifically targeted Garland because of the memo he sent on October 4th that told the FBI and federal prosecutors to work with local law enforcement in regards to that particular school board who was dealing with issues.
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Garland’s response was that they are “only concerned about violence” and that “the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish about the education of their children.”
Jordan then pivoted to the concept of the IRS snooping on bank account with annual transactions over $600, but the Biden administration has already backed down on that.
ABC News reported the alternative concept, saying: “Instead, the administration and Senate Democrats are proposing to raise the threshold to accounts with more than $10,000 in annual transactions, and any income received through a paycheck from which federal taxes are automatically deducted will not be subject to the reporting. Recipients of federal benefits like unemployment and Social Security would also be exempt.”