Missouri AG blasts DOJ directive as 'unconstitutional expansion' of federal power as criticism mounts

密苏里州总检察长埃里克·施密特 (Eric Sc​​hmitt) 周二向加兰发送了一封由福克斯新闻独家获得的信函,抨击了指导司法部的备忘录, 联邦调查局和美国. 律师事务所 “to investigate and prosecute parents as domestic terrorists” 如 “outrageous” 和 “unconstitutional.

“第一, the federal government does not have jurisdiction over school issues,” Schmitt pointed out. “Your directive came 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 identifies any impact that parent comments to school bureaucrats could have on interstate commerce,” Schmitt also wrote. “It is difficult to imagine any such connection.

Schmitt also pointed to the Supreme Court’s 1990 ruling on the Gun-Free School Zones Act as a counter to the school board association calling on the federal government tospecifically usethat act as well as the PATRIOT Act‘in regards to domestic terrorism.’

“第二, your directive appears to have a chilling effect on speech,” the letter continues. “Your directive only makes a passing reference to the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.” “Characterizing differences of opinion as violence or threats of violence is a heavy-handed attempt to chill parents from continuing to advocate for their children,” Schmitt added.

另外, Schmitt eviscerated the directive aswildly inconsistentand attemptingto muzzle and intimidate parents,” and that the school board members aredirectly accountable to the votersthe parentsthey represent.

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

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在星期一, Garland directed the FBI and U.S. attorney’s offices to hold meetings with federal, state and local law enforcement leaders in the next 30 天, during which they will discuss ways to combat what the DOJ called adisturbing trendof harassment and threats against school officials.

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

代表. 肯·巴克, R-Colo。, also eviscerated Garland in a letter Tuesday, accusing the attorney general of using the FBI and Department of Justice (司法部) “to intimidate and silence parents who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

DOJ spokesperson Wyn Hornbuckle said in a statement to Fox News that the outrage against the mobilization of the FBI in response to the allegations was due to “误传” and that the DOJ’s move was not aboutany particular ideology.

There has been misinformation circulated that the Attorney General’s directive is an effort to silence those with particular views about COVID-related policies, school curricula, or other topics of public discussion,” 他说.

This is simply not true. As stated clearly in the Attorney General’s guidance to the FBI and United States Attorney’s Offices, the Department’s efforts are about rooting out criminal threats of violence, not about any particular ideology.

Fox News’ Michael Lee contributed reporting.

休斯顿·基恩(Houston Keene)是《福克斯新闻数字》的记者. 您可以在@HoustonKeene的Twitter上找到他.