UPDATED 5:11 PM PT – Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Attorney General Merrick Garland is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. Garland will testify before the panel on Thursday in an oversight hearing where he’ll face questions from lawmakers on a number of issues.
The official could be asked about the ongoing border crisis as well as his memo on probing alleged threats against school board members by parents. Garland has notably drawn scrutiny from GOP lawmakers over the memo, which some are concerned may hamper parents’ free speech rights.
The memo included issues surrounding critical race theory and domestic terrorism.
“While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views,” Garland’s memo stated in regards to parents in opposition of critical race theory being taught at their children’s schools.
Today, @JudiciaryGOP sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for an ethics inquiry into his memo directing the FBI to mobilize against parents who protest at local school board meetings. pic.twitter.com/Y9f9rqhEX0
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) October 13, 2021
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said by Garland using the term “domestic terrorists” to describe a parent protesting coronavirus policies or critical race theory is intimidation in itself.
“Garland is saying the parents are intimidating school board members. No, it is the attorney general of the United States that is intimidating people exercising their rights to free speech and the right to petition their government,” said the senator.