(AmericanProsperity.com) – A memo the DOJ recently released has Republicans experiencing a distinct sense of deja vu. The document asks the FBI to pursue the creation of partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement officials in a bid to track what some refer to as domestic terrorism. Unfortunately, to some, it appears the DOJ intends to go wolf hunting without anyone first crying wolf.
What the DOJ Asked For
In their October 4 memo, the DOJ spoke of harassment and violent threats faced by administrative officials working within the public school system. According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who penned the memo, hostility towards school staff is occurring at unprecedented rates. The DOJ seeks to task the FBI with fixing this problem before it worsens.
The Attorney General gave the FBI 30 days from the receipt of the memo to meet with federal, state, local, and territorial leaders in all federal judicial districts. These meetings facilitate the discussion of strategies for combating violence against school officials while also creating permanent communication pathways. They say the core intention is to make reporting and handling future threats easier.
What Republicans Actually See
To more than just a handful of Republicans, this memo and the plan it proposes likely feel very familiar. That’s because it mirrors some aspects of the process that eventually led to the now-debunked Steele dossier.
In a hearing on Wednesday, December 9, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) expressed his distaste for the DOJ’s actions. He feels the department “seeded a lie” with the National School Board Association (NSBA), instigating them into filing concerns with the Biden administration about hostility towards school officials and possible domestic terrorism.
Gaetz and several other Republicans on the committee drew parallels between the current push to active threats against schools and the manipulation of evidence that occurred in relation to the Steele dossier.
Gaetz called this process “threat construction.”
Fellow Conservatives reiterated their discontent with the Attorney General’s actions. Ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan brought forth a resolution to subpoena Garland, the director of the FBI, the president of the NSBA, and several others related to the incident.
Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, supplied an anecdote, explaining that it isn’t always best to involve the Federal government in local disputes shortly afterward. Louie Gohmert claims that path often overcomplicates an otherwise simple situation.
If the DOJ is allowed to move forward with their current plan, will we be allowed to disagree with how our children are taught without risking questioning from the FBI? Or, will this become yet another quiet threat to 1st amendment rights?
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