Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) ripped into Attorney General Merrick Garland for allowing an FBI probe to label parents as “domestic terrorists” after protesters fought Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Loudoun County, Virginia.
“Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court,” Cotton told Garland, who was a nominee for the Court but failed to be confirmed.
“This testimony, your directive, your performance is shameful,” Cotton said in a Senate hearing. “Thank God, you’re not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace, judge.”
Cotton’s comments follow the National School board Association (NSBA) apology for labeling parents concerned over Critical Race Theory as “domestic terrorists” who the FBI should target.
“There was no justification for some of the language included in the letter,” the apology read.
Garland denied resolving the FBI’s investigation into parents in the Senate hearing, even as the probe was predicated on false information from the NSBA.
“This memorandum is not about parents being able to object in their school boards,” Garland claimed. “They are protected by the First Amendment; as long as there are no threats of violence, they are completely protected.”
“So parents can object to their school boards, about curriculum, about the treatment of their children, about school policies, all of that is 100 percent protected by the First Amendment, and there is nothing in this memorandum contrary to that,” Garland deflected. “We are only trying to prevent violence against school officials.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) demanded Garland’s resignation over the matter, “Merrick Garland mobilized the FBI to intimidate parents without legal basis and, we now know, premised on misinformation he didn’t bother to verify,” Hawley tweeted.
“It was a dangerous abuse of authority that has badly compromised the Justice Dept’s integrity and Garland’s. He should resign,” he said.