FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., slammed Attorney General Merrick Garland for mobilizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to guard faculty boards from alleged threats and intimidation. 

The Colorado Republican unloaded on Garland in a letter solely obtained by Fox News, with Buck accusing the legal professional normal of utilizing the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) “to intimidate and silence parents who are exercising their First Amendment rights.”

“This is an egregious and unprecedented abuse of power and Congress must hold oversight hearings on the Biden administration’s politicization of the DOJ’s law enforcement functions,” Buck stated.


“With violent crime surging in every American city, Garland should focus on making our communities safer, instead of attacking parents’ constitutional rights,” Buck added.

The letter calls Garland’s directive “a politically motivated abuse of power” that “displays a lack of reasoned, sound judgment” and says parental concern over what colleges are instructing their youngsters “does not give rise to federal crime.”

Additionally, Buck wrote that there “appears to be no federal nexus sufficient to justify the directives” Garland set out in his Monday memo in addition to his choice “to direct federal law enforcement resources to confront parents” who disagree with the Biden administration.

“School boards are responsible for the education and well-being of the next generation of leaders. Across the country, parents are exercising their First Amendment right to petition their government and voice their frustrations with their local elected leaders,” the letter reads. “There are innumerable examples from the past 18 months of school board members imposing their personal beliefs at the expense of children and families.”

“Additionally, many school board members have shown that they believe they are unaccountable to the electorate regarding their curriculum choices. Parents have a constitutionally protected right to assemble and to petition their government. That includes local school boards,” Buck continued, noting the “furious debate” nationwide between mother and father and college boards over controversial topics, corresponding to crucial race concept.

Buck additionally blasted the National School Board Administration’s (NSBA) letter to the Biden administration a day earlier than the memo, writing that to “compare frustrated parents to domestic terrorists or perpetrators of hate crimes is beyond absurd and should be dismissed by any rational adult.”

“The NSBA was also unable to mention any specific credible threat or example that would support its outlandish statement,” Buck continued, including that Garland is “choosing to spend the law enforcement resources Congress” has given him “to go after parents who are nonviolently exercising their constitutional rights” as a substitute of extra urgent issues, like murders.

“By drawing a moral equivalence between concerned parents and domestic terrorists, whose ranks include Timothy McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski, you are making a mockery of the Department of Justice and the FBI,” the congressman stated, concluding the letter by encouraging Garland to “reverse course” on his choice.

Garland directed the FBI and U.S. legal professional’s places of work to carry conferences with federal, state and native regulation enforcement leaders within the subsequent 30 days, throughout which they may talk about methods to fight what the DOJ known as a “disturbing trend” of harassment and threats towards faculty officers.

Critics say the transfer quantities to an try by the Biden administration to bully mother and father from exercising their First Amendment rights.

The transfer comes simply 4 days after a number one group representing the nation’s faculty boards known as on the Biden administration and federal regulation enforcement businesses to help faculty boards, which the group stated have seen a rise in violent threats in response to COVID-19 restrictions and demanding race concept curriculum.

The DOJ didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for touch upon Buck’s letter.

Fox News’ Michael Lee contributed reporting.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can discover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.