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The conservative legal group set up by former Trump adviser Stephen Miller requested that the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigate the circumstances surrounding Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo last week pledging to mobilize the FBI and other DOJ entities against parents protesting critical race theory in public schools.
"Targeting parents in local school boards is atrocious. There’s no lawful basis for doing so. There’s no federal nexus that’s even connected to such an investigation," Miller told Fox News on Sunday of America First Legal’s OIG request. "There’s not even a half-hearted attempt to suggest this was done for a legitimate law enforcement purpose."
"It seems quite obvious that it is meant to chill free speech and intimidate parents into silence and into obedience."
Garland ordered federal law enforcement authorities last Monday in a memo to meet with local leaders and discuss what he described as a recent "disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence" against teachers and school board members. Garland's memo directed the FBI to lead a task force to address threats against school officials, including creating a centralized way to report the threats.
The past year has been marked by viral videos of parents protesting during school board meetings over the implementation of critical race theory curriculum as well as mandates stemming from the coronavirus, such as face mask requirements. Garland’s memo came just days after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to President Biden saying clashes between school boards and parents may amount to "domestic terrorism."
"The purpose of our request is to expose the document of this attack on concerned parents. And to both produce the public evidentiary record to make sure that the responsible parties can be held accountable," Miller added in his comments to Fox News. "Also, it will empower parents who are persecuted, to have remedies, legal remedies."
"But additionally, the inspector general's investigation can then engage in the kinds of investigations that can lead to an internal disciplinary action. And of course, as is always the case in any investigation, other legal remedies, as appropriate."
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