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WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland during a committee hearing about the FBI’s targeting parents who were dissatisfied with local school boards.

Kennedy’s key questions to Garland include: 

  • “Didn't you understand the chilling effect that it would have to parents when you issued your directive—when you directed your criminal divisions, and your counter-terrorism divisions—to investigate parents who were angry at school boards and administrators during COVID?”
  • "So, you get this letter from the National School Board Association, asking you to investigate parents—that your employees helped write and the White House helped write—and you issue a directive to your criminal division and to your . . . counterterrorism division, to start investigating parents who are angry. What did you think was going to happen?”
  • “As a result of some of our school board policies, we only experienced the largest learning loss for our kids in modern history. Don't you think parents had a right to be upset?”

Watch the full exchange here.