This week House Judiciary Committee Republicans revealed the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) “has created a system to track threats against school board officials and administrators” reports National Review.
The Republicans cite an internal FBI email provided to them by a whistleblower. The members accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of misleading lawmakers during his testimony before the committee when he was asked about the subject.
The email was signed by Counterterrorism Division assistant director Timothy Langan and former Criminal Division assistant director Calvin Shivers. In summary, the FBI used counterterrorism measures, as well as its division, to spy on American families and parents.
In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI denied it targeted parents:
“The FBI has never been in the business of investigating parents who speak out or policing speech at school board meetings, and we are not going to start now…The creation of a threat tag in no way changes the long-standing requirements for opening an investigation, nor does it represent a shift in how the FBI prioritizes threats.”
Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland explaining that the email from the whistleblower “provides specific evidence” that federal law enforcement employed counterterrorism tools “against concerned parents.”
“At best, if we assume that you were ignorant of the FBI’s actions in response to your October 4 memorandum at the time of your testimony, this new evidence suggests that your testimony…was incomplete and requires additional explanation,” Jordan wrote in the letter.
“If however, you were aware of the FBI’s actions at the time of your testimony, this evidence showed that you willfully misled the Committee about the nature and extent of the Department’s use of counterterrorism tools to target concerned parents at school board meetings,” the letter continued.
Nicole Neily, the president and founder of nonprofit Parents Defending Education, said the whistleblower documents “prove” that the FBI used “counterterrorism tools to investigate concerned parents” who participated in school board meetings.