AG Merrick Garland testified today that he “[doesn’t] know the facts” about the LCPS case that was used to justify the DOJ’s memo calling concerned parents “domestic terrorists” for speaking out at public school board meetings.

Which struck a lot of people as strange, seeing as Garland also said that the DOJ began targeting parents for “possible domestic terrorism” as a result of a letter from the National School Board Association. The same letter that explicitly cited Scott Smith’s arrest as evidence that parents are domestic terrorists (but conveniently omitted the fact that Smith was upset because LCPS had covered up his daughter’s alleged rape by a “gender fluid” student).

Well, according to a new report by the Washington Free Beacon, the White House knew about the NSBA’s letter in advance … and collaborated with NSBA officials before the letter’s release:

It certainly does.

More from Chuck Ross:

The emails, obtained by Parents Defending Education through public records requests and reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon, reveal that the National School Board Association’s president and CEO sent the letter to Biden on Sept. 29 without approval from the organization’s board. The letter said that the acts of some parents at school board meetings across the country could be considered “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

The emails also show that the White House asked the association for examples of threats against school board members days before Attorney General Merrick Garland created a task force of officials from the FBI and the Justice Department to determine how to prosecute alleged crimes at school board meetings.

The letter makes clear that the White House was aware of the letter before it was released, while raising questions about whether the White House colluded with the association on the letter to prompt federal action. The letter has sparked allegations that the Biden administration is trying to stifle dissent among parents who oppose mask mandates and the teaching of critical race theory at America’s schools. School board meetings have become battlegrounds for factions of parents torn on those issues. Parents in some districts have organized recall efforts to remove school board members who support mandates or radical curricula.

The emails also show that members of the National School Board Association’s board of directors voiced frustration that officials sent out the letter without their approval.

Oh. My. You’ll definitely want to read the whole thing.


A banner day for the Biden administration.