Rep. Roy leads effort to stop AG Garland’s weaponization of DOJ against concerned parents over CRT

October 7, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON— On Thursday, following Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision to mobilize the Department of Justice (DOJ) to silence parents and stifle dissent against teaching Critical Race Theory in schools, Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) led 30 of his House Republican colleagues in demanding that Garland rescind the directive and explain why he gave it in the first place.

“Calling upon the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate parents for conflicting views on controversial teachings and policies is a massive overreach of your role as the Attorney General,” the legislators write in a letter to Garland. “Under no circumstance should your Department spend time and resources on investigations meant to intimidate American parents into silence.”

The letter calls for the immediate recission of the memo Garland sent earlier this week, while Garland is given until 20 OCT to brief Congress on the matter.

Freedom of speech is one of the pillars of our country’s founding,” the letter concludes. “The DOJ should never be weaponized to curb this most foundational freedom.

In May, Rep. Roy introduced legislation to block federal funding from schools that teach Critical Race Theory, saying: “There is no room for state-sanctioned racism anywhere in our society, and we must oppose it with all our might.”  

Full text of the letter is available at the link here and below:

 

The Honorable Merrick Garland

Attorney General

United States Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530

 

Dear Attorney General Garland,

 

We are deeply concerned by your recent announcement that you intend to mobilize the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address the “threat of violence against school administrators.”[1]  Your decision comes after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to President Biden referring to parents’ concerns regarding critical race theory in the classroom as “propaganda” and asserting that education leaders are being threatened by “domestic terrorism.”[2]

 

The First Amendment protects the right of parents across the country to make their voices heard in opposition to school mask mandates and radical anti-American critical race theory.  This is not “domestic terrorism,” it is protected speech.  Calling upon the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate parents for conflicting views on controversial teachings and policies is a massive overreach of your role as the Attorney General.  Under no circumstance should your Department spend time and resources on investigations meant to intimidate American parents into silence.

 

Freedom of speech is one of the pillars of our country’s founding. The DOJ should never be weaponized to curb this most foundational freedom. Therefore – and without any information on true threats of federal concern – we request that you immediately rescind your directive and provide a briefing to Members of Congress by October 20, 2021 on why this decision to attack parents was made.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Chip Roy           

Member of Congress

                                                               

David B. McKinley

Member of Congress  

 

Jeff Duncan                 

Member of Congress                                                              

 

Bob Good 

Member of Congress                                                               

 

Randy Weber              

Member of Congress                                                            

 

Louie Gohmert

Member of Congress                                                             

 

Mary E. Miller

Member of Congress                                                                         

 

Ted Budd

Member of Congress

 

Vicky Hartzler  

Member of Congress                                                                   
 

Van Taylor

Member of Congress

 

Debbie Lesko 

Member of Congress                                                                      

 

Bill Posey

Member of Congress                                                              

    

Mo Brooks   

Member of Congress                                                                           

 

Ralph Norman

Member of Congress                                                              

 

Barry Loudermilk           

Member of Congress                                                        

 

Andy Harris M.D.

Member of Congress   

 

Andy Biggs

Member of Congress

 

Tom Tiffany

Member of Congress

 

Brian Mast

Member of Congress

 

Lauren Boebert

Member of Congress

 

Matt Rosendale

Member of Congress

 

Tom McClintock

Member of Congress

 

Dan Bishop

Member of Congress

 

Barry Moore

Member of Congress

 

Scott Perry

Member of Congress

 

Andrew Clyde

Member of Congress

 

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Member of Congress

 

Jody Hice

Member of Congress      

 

Jack Bergman

Member of Congress

 

Lance Gooden

Member of Congress

 

Brian Babin

Member of Congress

 

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