(FiveNation.com)- In a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Republicans blasted Merrick Garland’s October memo on investigating protesting parents as domestic terrorists, comparing it to the Steele dossier.
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz accused the Democrats of trying to create a pretext for investigating political opposition. And just like the Steele dossier, the DOJ memo gives them the pretense they need to target their opponents.
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan pointed out that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was quick to shoot down Jordan’s resolution to subpoena White House officials and the National School Boards Association leaders who colluded in writing the letter the NSBA sent to President Biden.
Jordan said that letter from the NSBA should be viewed in the same context as the Steele dossier which seeded the endless Trump/Russia investigations. Jordan said Obama’s FBI and DOJ wanted a reason to spy on Trump and they needed the pretext to do it, so they used the Steele dossier.
Gaetz said this same tactic used by the Obama administration is now being used by the Biden administration and Merrick Garland to investigate parents for so-called “domestic terrorism.”
Gaetz believes the Biden administration wanted the authority to target parents who oppose the indoctrination of their children, so they colluded with the National School Boards Association on this letter, giving the DOJ the pretense to issue “threat tags” so they could monitor people who pose a threat to them.
Gaetz also pointed out that, after colluding on this letter, the White House gave one of the NSBA members a “political patronage” job within the Department of Education.
While the DOJ may have hoped to exploit the NSBA letter as a way to target political opponents in the same way the dossier was used against Trump, it might not be working out the way they hoped.
The blowback from the collusion between NSBA and the White House was swift, with over half the state school board associations pushing back against the NSBA.
Ten state school board associations have issued statements formally expressing their opposition to the NSBA letter. Another seventeen state school board associations have withdrawn their memberships, participation, and dues from the NSBA entirely.