Under questioning earlier today, Attorney General Merrick Garland admitted that he had created a task force to look into alleged threats based upon a letter that he received from the National School Board’s Association. When specifically asked about the data that he was basing his decision on, he said, “The National School Board Association represents thousands of school boards and school board members and says that there are these kinds of threats.” So it sounded like he had largely made his decision based upon the letter of the NSBA, he didn’t identify any data showing real threats in that exchange during questioning.
Now that’s bad, meaning he’s basing his decision largely on a political letter. The list of threats in that letter was missing from the letter was a stark example. The NSBA actually complained about what would be considered freedom speech. This includes speech and gestures that could be offensive, but not threats or crimes. Yet, the NSBA suggested that the parents could be involved in “domestic terrorism.”
According to the Free Beacon however, both the president of the NSBA and the CEO consulted the White House about that letter prior to its release.
The emails, obtained by Parents Defending Education through public records requests and reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon, reveal that the National School Board Association’s president and CEO sent the letter to Biden on Sept. 29 without approval from the organization’s board. The letter said that the acts of some parents at school board meetings across the country could be considered “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
Also, the emails reveal that the White House sought examples of threats made against school board members by the association before Attorney General Merrick Grland formed a task team of Justice Department and FBI officials to investigate the possibility of school board meeting crimes.
While the White House is clearly aware that the letter was being released before its publication, it raises questions as to whether there was collusion between the White House and the association regarding the request for federal action.
@Jim_JordanAG Garland stated, “I don’t know” on @NSBAPublicEdTalks with the WH @TheJusticeDept
We’re aware. @DefendingEdWe have filed FOIA.
9/29, NSBA chief sent an email confirming that they had held “talks in the last few weeks” with White House personnel.
Memorandum for 10/4 AG
see: https://t.co/MZmIxZeDcd pic.twitter.com/M5WAdT58AP
— Asra Q. Nomani 🐻Mama Bear “Domestic Terrorist” 🧸 (@AsraNomani) October 21, 2021
These emails showed that the NSBA was in touch with the White House over this issue for many weeks.
The Biden Administration uses this letter to justify an investigation, while being involved in it. Again, this proves that Joe Biden is acting illegally and in violation of all norms. It is against the law for the White House to dictate actions by DOJ, as it might have done in this instance.
Emails also revealed that some in NSBA were offended that this letter was not received with their permission.
One director at the association said that the letter had “reawakened hostilities” that were just beginning to subside.
“Many of us have been put in a position now of explaining or defending this action of our association as we are asked by members of our community if we consider them domestic terrorists for showing up to our meetings and expressing their opinions,” John W. Halkias, a director from the association’s Central Region, wrote on Oct. 1.
Halkias said that he and other board members would not have likely approved the letter, which he said “used terms that were extreme, and asked for action by the Federal Government that many of us would not request.”
Of course, those who objected were correct. However, just like every other thing the Biden White House touches this issue has become a blazer.