Rep. Jim Jordan recently sat down for an interview on Newsmax where he stated that the FBI is currently actively “spying” on parents that are going to school board meetings in places all across the United States, “tagging” them for potential investigations.
All of this comes about after an Oct. 20 memo was released by a whistleblower working for the FBI.
“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, we find out the FBI, as we speak is spying on parents,” Jordan went on to say during an interview Tuesday on “Spicer & Co.” “Categorizing parents who are showing up at school board meetings, this is scary what they’re doing.”
The memo, a joint message from the criminal investigations and counterterrorism divisions to all agents, asked to tag reports of threats or harassment to school board members, administrators, teachers, and others, as “EDUOFFICIALS” to flag such reports for possible investigation by the federal law enforcement agency.
“We share an obligation to ensure all individuals are able to do their jobs without threats of violence or fear for their safety,” part of the memo stated. “This can only be accomplished with effective coordination internally between relevant divisions and through effective coordination and engagement with our law enforcement partners and United States Attorney’s offices.”
Agents are asked to evaluate if the cases have “a federal nexus,” federal law violations, and what the motives may be, according to the memo.
The issue comes from an early October letter from the National School Boards Association to President Joe Biden asking for federal help to deal with a “spike” in threats to members throughout the country as angry parents began attending meetings and calling out the local boards on a variety of educational topics.
The association, which slapped parents with the label of “terrorists” in the letter, later issued an apology for the language that was used in the memo.
Jordan said that he is now concerned that when Attorney General Merrick Garland appeared before his committee the day after this memo went out, he was not forthcoming and denied that the Department of Justice was targeting parents at school board meetings and thinking of them as domestic terrorists.
“The very day before (Garland) talks to us, before he answers in the way he did, we have this memo that goes out to the FBI agents around the country, talking about the threat tag and categorizing and labeling parents in this way,” the congressman continued.
The memo then caused Jordan to send a letter to Attorney General Garland Tuesday, inquiring him to explain the discrepancies in his testimony to the committee considering what was said in the memo.
“This whistleblower disclosure calls into question the accuracy and completeness of your testimony before the committee,” the congressman’s letter read. “We invite you to amend your testimony as to whether the department, or any of its components, has used, or is using, counterterrorism resources, or tools, for the purpose of investigating, tracking, or prosecuting, threats relating to school board meetings.”