Internal FBI emails published by a whistleblower within the powerful federal agency reveal that Attorney General Merrick Garland authorized the use of counterterrorism tools to surveil, track and spy on parents who oppose the teaching of extremist Critical Race Theory in schools.
House Republicans obtained and published the internal emails on Tuesday afternoon.
“The Counterterrorism and Criminal Divisions created a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of related threats. We ask that your offices apply the threat tag to investigations and assessments of threats specifically directed against school board administrators, board members, teachers and staff.”
A federal investigation into parents opposed to CRT followed a set of demands from the National School Boards Administration, which tarred parents who protest extremist school board officials as domestic terrorists in a letter to the White House. Internal NSBA documents reveal the letter in question had been drafted with the full cooperation of the Biden administration, in what amounts to a privatized allegation of terroristic crimes on the part of the federal government.
The NSBA would later apologize for the letter, admitting that allegations of domestic terrorism amounted to little more than slander of parents who protest at school board meetings. There’s no indication that the DOJ has halted its investigation into CRT critics, which Garland has admitted began at the behest of the NSBA.
Republicans are demanding the resignation of Merrick Garland, following what appears to be a significant abuse of power in pursuit of criminalizing dissent from CRT in schools. The documents implicate Garland in a lie to Congress, having previously testified that he couldn’t imagine a circumstance in which counterterrorism tools such as provisions of the Patriot Act would be used against school board protestors.