El republicano de Missouri habló sobre una audiencia del Comité Judicial del Senado con la Fiscal General Adjunta Lisa O. Mónaco, donde la interrogó sobre el memorando que escribió el fiscal general Merrick Garland.
“She didn’t want to answer any questions… She didn’t want to actually take any responsibility for this extraordinary memo for the justice department at the direction of Joe Biden.” Hawley dijo.
“The idea that they would use the FBI to intervene in school board meetings with the purpose of, let’s be honest, intimidating and harassing parents is just unprecedented,” Hawley continued.
“This isn’t about violence. We all know if someone threatens violence the local police will book this person. They will charge that person. They’ll get them out of there. This is about using federal law enforcement to try and intimidate parents because these parents are daring to stand up and criticize critical race theory.”
Hawley added that he asked the deputy attorney general what standard the FBI will apply to investigating school board threats.
Levin asked Hawley if there was any federal basis that allows the Department of Justice to intervene in school bards and investigate parents.
“None whatsoever, Marcos,” Hawley responded. “I can’t imagine what the basis is for having the FBI get involved here.”
The DOJ memo followed a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) al presidente Biden que dijo que algunos choques retóricos entre las juntas escolares y los padres pueden equivaler a “terrorismo interno.” The NSBA letter and the DOJ memo are meeting fierce pushback from parents and Republican lawmakers.