Jim Jordan: Whistleblower email shows FBI monitoring school board threats despite denial

Republican lawmakers say a whistleblower sent them an internal FBI email showing the anti-terrorism unit monitoring threats against school board members, despite Justice Minister Merrick Garland denying such surveillance.

According to the email, the assistant directors of the FBI’s anti-terrorism and criminal divisions asked agents to track down the threats in response to Mr. Garland’s note on October 4, which instructed the agency and other federal agencies to address a “disturbing increase” in school board threats. members and other school officials.

The email, obtained by Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, says agents must use the “EDUOFFICIALS” threat label on investigations and assessments of the threats.

“The purpose of the threat label is to help identify this threat at the national level and to enable a comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective cooperation with law enforcement partners at all levels,” the email said.

It goes on to say that when agents assess a potential threat, they should consider the motivation and whether there is a federal connection or federal violations that can be investigated and charged.

The email was sent the day before Mr Garland testified before the committee on 27 October.

In a letter to Mr. Garland posted Tuesday,

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said in a letter sent to Mr. Garland on Tuesday that the email “questions the accuracy” of his testimony that the department “did not use anti-terrorism statutes and resources to target concerned parents by school board meetings. ”

Mr. Garland testified that he could not “imagine any circumstances” in which the department would use the anti-terrorism Patriot Act, which allows the FBI to conduct covert surveillance of U.S. citizens, to investigate “parents complaining about their children.”

Mr. Jordan said, however, “assuming you were unaware of the FBI’s actions in response to your October 4 memorandum at the time of your testimony, this new evidence suggests that your testimony to the committee was incomplete and requires further explanation. “

“However, if you were aware of the FBI’s actions at the time of your testimony, this evidence shows that you deliberately misled the committee about the nature and extent of the department’s use of federal anti-terrorism tools to target concerned parents at school board meetings,” Mr. Jordan said.

He invited Mr. Garland to change his testimony as to whether the department or any of its agencies have used or are currently using anti-terrorism tools to investigate threats against school board members.

The Department of Justice and the FBI did not immediately respond to requests Tuesday for comments from The Washington Times.

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