The weaponization of federal agencies against the people of the United States continues.
The Biden Regime’s Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum Mobilizing FBI To ‘Identify’ And ‘Prosecute’ Parents Who Are Protecting Their Kids From School Boards.
Senator Josh Hawley questions Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco about it.
Josh Hawley: Mr. Chairman, Miss Monaco, I want to come back to this extraordinary letter, a memorandum that the Attorney General United States issued yesterday. Practically every day brings new reports about this administration weaponizing the federal bureaucracy to go after political opponents? Frankly, I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it in American history. I mean, for those of us who missed the McCarthy era, I guess this President is intent on bringing it to us. But with new force and new power and new urgency unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Are you aware of any time in American history when an attorney general has directed the FBI to begin to intervene in school board meetings, local school board meetings?
Lisa Monaco: I’m not aware. And I’m not aware that that in that is not going on? Let me be very clear.
Josh Hawley: Really? This isn’t about local school board meetings. That’s not the subject of the memorandum? I thought that was in the memorandum.
Lisa Monaco: The memorandum is quite clear. It’s one page. And it asks the U.S. Attorney community and the FBI special agents in charge to convene state and local law enforcement partners to ensure that there’s an open line of communication to address threats to address violence. And that’s the appropriate role of the Department of Justice to make sure that we are addressing criminal conduct and violence.
Josh Hawley: At local school board meetings? Let me just ask you this. Is parents waiting sometimes for hours to speak at a local school board meeting to express concerns about Critical Race Theory, or the masking of their students, particularly young children, is that in and of itself, is that harassment and intimidation? Is waiting to express one’s view at a school board meeting harassment and intimidation?
Lisa Monaco: As the Attorney General’s memorandum made quite clear, spirited debate is welcome, is a hallmark of this country. It’s something we all should engage in.
Josh Hawley: No, I don’t think so, Miss Monaco. With all due respect, it didn’t make it quite clear. It doesn’t define those terms. Nor does it define harassment or intimidation. It talks about violence. I think we can agree that violence shouldn’t be condoned or looked aside from in any way swept under the rug at all. But harassment and intimidation? What do those terms mean in the context of a local school board meeting? I mean, this seems to be, in the first amendment context, we talk about the chill. The chill to speech. If this isn’t a deliberate attempt to chill parents from showing up at school board meetings for their elected school board, I don’t know what is. I mean, I’m not aware of anything like this in American history. We’re talking about the FBI. You’re using the FBI to intervene in school board meetings. This is extraordinary
Lisa Monaco: Senator, I have to respectfully disagree. That is not what the…
Josh Hawley: Point me to an instance
Lisa Monaco: The Attorney General’s memorandum made quite clear that violence is not appropriate. Spirited public debate on a whole range of issues is absolutely what this country is all about.
Josh Hawley: Then why is it being investigated by the FBI?
Lisa Monaco: It is not. When and if any situation turns to violence, then that is the appropriate role of law enforcement to address it.
Josh Hawley: The memorandum covers more than violence. It talks about intimidation. It talks about harassment. So I’m asking you to draw some lines. We do this all the time in the First Amendment context. This is the sum and substance of First Amendment law. So I expect that she’ll be available and willing to do it now. Tell me where the line is, with parents expressing their concerns, waiting for hours in the school board meetings. We’ve all seen the videos. This happened in my state. Parents have waited for hours. Sometimes the school board meetings have been ended before they can speak because the school board doesn’t want to hear it. And now parents are told that if they wait, and they express their views that they may be investigated for intimidation?
Lisa Monaco: I don’t know who’s telling them that, Senator. The job of the Justice Department is to investigate crimes when a situation turns violent. When and if a situation turns to violence, it’s the job of the Justice Department and local law enforcement to address that. The attorney general’s memorandum simply asked the U.S. Attorney community, the FBI, and their counterparts to ensure that state and local law enforcement has an open line of communication, to report threats, whether they happen in the context of election officials being threatened where they haven’t happened in the context of members of Congress being threatened which the FBI responds to on a regular basis as is appropriate. The job of the Justice Department is to address criminal conduct.
Josh Hawley: You know, all I can say is this is truly extraordinary. I think you know. It is it’s unprecedented. You can’t point to a single instance where anything like this has happened before, and I think parents across this country are going to be stunned to learn—stunned, that if they show up at a local school board meeting, by the way where they have the right to appear and be heard, where they have the right to say something about their children’s education, where they have the right to vote, and you are attempting to intimidate them. You are attempting to silence them. You are attempting to interfere with their rights as parents and, yes, with their rights as voters. This is wrong. This is dangerous. And I cannot believe that an Attorney General of The United States is engaging in this kind of conduct. And frankly, I can’t believe that you are sitting here today, defending it. I intend to get answers to these questions. You want to answer my questions. I’m going to get answers to these questions. Mr. Chairman, we need to have a hearing on the subject. We need to hear from the Attorney General himself. He needs to come here, take the oath, sit there, and answer questions. We have never seen anything like this before in our country’s history. And frankly, I want to say I think it is a dangerous, dangerous precedent.
The Biden Regime is setting the stage to treat parents who go against the narratives as domestic terrorists in the same way they did over the incident on January 6th in Washington D.C.
This Regime’s shenanigans don’t fool the people.
Here’s what a few of them are saying online…
“So what constitutes a threat then? The answer is, whatever the left deems detrimental to their narrative or the parents of the children.”
“She can’t look Hawley in the eye when she is talking,…which means she’s lying her worthless democrat ass off.”
“So…when do school boards and teachers get charged with child abuse and child endangerment?”
“Investigate the threat to our children the school poses.”
“This isn’t an issue if you remove your children from the propagandist internment camps.”
“Politically weaponizing the FBI against parents to suppress their rights in stopping the Left’s indoctrination of our children in schools…”
“She is lying. It’s their definition of harassment and intimidation. But BLM and Antifa can truly intimidate and harass, and DOJ will do nothing.”