'We did not sic the FBI on parents': Attorney General Merrick Garland defends school memo
Attorney General Merrick Garland defended his memo about assisting local school officials against violence and threats of violence, as Senate Republicans blasted the memo as "shameful" and "intimidating," and one called for his resignation.
The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, said Garland politicized the department and urged him to revoke the Oct. 4 memo. Grassley said the memo would target parents expressing concerns about curriculum on critical race theory or about mask mandates under the First Amendment.
“That is a poisonous, chilling effect,” Grassley said. “This kind of looks like something that would come out of a communist country.”
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said he is glad Garland was never confirmed to the Supreme Court after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.