Josh Hawley, and Republicans, BLAST Merrick Garland During Senate Hearing

Merrick Garland, Joe Biden’s strong man attorney general at the helm of the Department of Justice, recently reinvigorated the definition of being on the “hot seat.” Amid several scandals involving what Garland is doing or not doing, senators grilled him over his reported overreach with parents upset by school boards, his underreach with Hunter Biden’s numerous scandals, and the Jan. 6th “insurrection.”

Senators questioned the DOJ’s uncharacteristically rapid response to a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), suggesting upset parents attending school board meetings should be treated as “domestic terrorism.” Adding to the controversy, as reported at DailyWire, the NSBA collaborated with Biden’s White House before sending the letter.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asked Garland if he’d seen a memo regarding the DOJ targeting parents attending school board meetings. The AG said he had not seen it.

Hawley challenged, “This was a sufficiently important case that you issued a memo… involving the FBI and the DOJ in local school boards…. Your attorneys are now threatening prosecution for 13 different crimes.”

Garland answered, “I’ve never seen that memo.”

“That’s what concerns me, General Garland.”

“It wasn’t sent to me,” Garland began. “I hope you will assure your constituents what we are concerned about here are violence and threats of violence.”

Hawley told Garland, “When you… involve the DOJ and all of its resources, and the FBI…, in local school boards…. You knew that they would advise state and local officials” on how “parents might be prosecuted.”

Sen. Hawley spoke about Scott Smith, a Loudoun County, VA. parent, who planned to address the board. The senator explained Mr. Smith went to a meeting to address elected school board members. Instead, he was arrested.

Smith went there to address his daughter’s sexual assault by a boy in a school restroom, which appears to have been covered up by the school district. A court recently convicted the boy for that rape. Another sexual assault case involving the same boy allegedly raping another girl at a different school is in progress.

Sen. Hawley said to Garland:

“You testified before the House that you didn’t know anything about this case. I find that extraordinary because the letter you put so much weight on, the letter [from the NSBA] that’s now been retracted, cites this case. There’s a news article cited in the letter…, but you testified you just couldn’t remember it.”

Hawley concluded, “You have weaponized the FBI and the DOJ. Your U.S. attorneys are now collecting and cataloging all the ways they might prosecute parents like Mr. Smith because they want to be involved in their children’s education…. It’s wrong. It is unprecedented to my knowledge in the history of this country, and I call on you to resign.”

Sen. Tom Cotton when a step further, saying, “Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court.” He added, Garland should “resign in disgrace.”

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