Following a whistleblower’s revelation that the FBI is utilizing counterterrorism tactics to investigate parents considered to be potential “domestic terrorists” for voicing concerns about education in their local school districts, Republicans blasted the “disgrace[ful]” move as well as Attorney General Merrick Garland, with many calling for his immediate resignation.
The alarming allegations, which state the FBI is adding “threat tags” to parents, appear to contradict Garland’s testimony on October 21 during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in which he claimed the Department of Justice and the FBI were not using counterterrorism tools to investigate parents at school board meetings.
“The FBI spied on President Trump’s campaign. They abused the FISA process. And now they’re targeting parents,” wrote Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a ranking member of the House Judiciary, who publicized a letter addressed to Garland detailing the whistleblower’s claims.
“As we speak, Joe Biden’s FBI is spying on parents,” tweeted out the Republican House Judiciary Committee. “All because of a letter sent from the National School Boards Association that was withdrawn.”
“Terrifying,” the committee added.
“CONFIRMED BY WHISTLEBLOWER: The FBI used the counterterrorism division to investigate parents,” wrote House Republican Whip Steve Scalise. “These documents contradict what AG Garland told Congress under oath.”
“The Biden Administration treats parents who disagree with them like terrorists,” he added. “We can’t tolerate this.”