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First on Granthshala: Attorney General of Missouri launches new criticism of Attorney General Merrick Garland Department of Justice (DOJ) directive to protect school boards from perceived threats and “intimidation” as an “unconstitutional extension” of federal power, as criticism continues.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt sent Garland a letter obtained exclusively by Granthshala News on Tuesday calling the DOJ, FBI and US attorneys’ offices “outrageous to investigate and prosecute parents as domestic terrorists.” ” and was directed as “unconstitutional”.

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“First of all, the federal government does not have jurisdiction over school issues,” Schmidt pointed out. “Your directive comes just days after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) called on the Biden administration to investigate and prosecute parents as domestic terrorists.”

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“Neither your directive nor the NSBA letter to the Biden administration identify any effect that parental comments to school bureaucrats may have on interstate commerce,” Schmidt also wrote. “It’s hard to imagine such a relationship.”

Schmidt pointed to the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision on the Gun-Free School Zone Act as a counter to the School Board Association that the federal government had to “exclusively use” in relation to domestic terrorism, as well as the Patriot Act. “” should be used. .'”

“Second, your instruction has a calming effect on speech,” the letter continues. “Your directive only makes a passing reference to the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.” “Portraying differences as violence or threats of violence is a colossal attempt to deter parents from continuing to advocate for their children,” Schmidt said.

Additionally, Schmidt called the directive “wildly inconsistent” and attempted to “muzzle and intimidate parents”, and that school board members “are directly accountable to the voters — the parents — they represent.”

“But now that parents are protesting harmful decisions made by school boards, school boards want to treat parents as domestic terrorists,” the Missouri attorney general continued. “This is wrong.”

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On Monday, Garland directed the FBI and the US Attorney’s offices to hold meetings with federal, state and local law enforcement leaders over the next 30 days, during which they will discuss how to deal with the “disturbing trend” of harassment and threats by the DOJ. methods will be discussed. against school officials

Critics say the move amounts to an attempt by the Biden administration to threaten parents from exercising their First Amendment rights.

Rape. Ken Buck, R-Colo. also ousted Garland in a letter Tuesday, accusing the attorney general of using the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “intimidate and silence parents who have lost their First Amendment rights.” are using.”

DOJ spokesman Wynne Hornbuckle said in a statement to Granthshala News that the outrage against the FBI’s mobilization in response to the allegations was due to “misinformation” and that the DOJ’s move was not about “any particular ideology.”

“Misinformation has been circulated that the Attorney General’s directive is an attempt to silence people with particular views about policies, school curriculum or other topics of public discussion, related to COVID,” he said.

“This is absolutely not true. As clearly stated in the guidance of the Attorney General for the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Offices, the Department’s efforts are about eliminating criminal threats of violence, not any specific About ideology.”

Granthshala News’ Michael Lee contributed reporting.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Granthshala News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.