(FiveNation.com)- Popular Republican Senator Josh Hawley had some hard questions for Department of Justice official Lisa Monaco last week when he questioned her about controversial Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision to deploy the FBI to stop parents from protesting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Hawley referenced a memo issued by Garland instructing the Department of Justice and FBI to work together to address when he called a “rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.”
No evidence of this so-called rise in criminal conduct towards teachers was given, nor did he give an example of what kind of conduct he was talking about. His memo followed weeks of increasing protests from parents at school board meetings, whereby parents expressed their anger at their children being taught that Black people are inherently oppressed and white children more privileged.
“Is waiting to express one’s view at a school board meeting harassment and intimidation?” Hawley asked Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco.
Monaco played dumb, saying that she was “not aware” and that she does not believe it is going on.
Hawley asked if she really meant that, and if this memo isn’t about the “local school board meetings.”
“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,” she said.
Monaco continued by saying it is the appropriate role of the Department of Justice, but refused to mention school board meetings.
Hawley continued pressing, asking specifically if parents waiting for hours to speak at a local school board meeting about the teaching of critical race theory is considered “harassment and intimidation.”
Again, Monaco offered no answer, saying that the memorandum is “clear.”
Clear about what? If they weren’t opposed to parents criticizing the teaching of CRT in schools, then wouldn’t she just come out and say it?