Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hammered Attorney General Merrick Garland Wednesday during a Senate hearing, accusing the chief law officer of engaging in political affairs after he failed to do research and issued an “abusive” memorandum instructing the Department of Justice to investigate parents who have threatened school board members.
“There is a difference between law and politics, and General Garland, you know the difference between law and politics,” Cruz said to Garland. “Law is based on facts. It is impartial. It is not used as a tool of political retribution. This memo was not law. This memo was politics.”
Garland’s Oct. 4 memo was issued after the Biden administration received a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that claimed some parental behavior may amount to domestic terrorism. The NSBA has since issued an apology for that letter, saying, “There was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”
“In the letter, which you told the House of Representatives was the basis of this abusive memo, how many incidents are cited in that memo?” Cruz asked Garland.
“I’d have to look back at the memo,” Garland responded, who later added that he did not know how many of the incidents were “violent.”
“You don’t know,” Cruz said. “There’s a reason you don’t know. Because you didn’t care, and nobody in your office cared, to find out. … During this hearing, I counted 20 incidents cited. Of those 20, 15 on their face are non-violent.”
Cruz also accused Garland of targeting parents with opposing political views, insisting that Garland labeled the father of the victim of a reported sexual assault at a school in Loudoun County, Virginia, a domestic terrorist for protesting the school’s handling of the issue.
“I never called him that. That’s not correct,” Garland said in response to accusations from Cruz.
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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