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Ted Cruz presses AG Garland on doable battle of curiosity over son-in-law’s training firm

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Attorney General Merrick Garland for refusing to reply his questions throughout a Senate listening to Wednesday — as Cruz pressed on Garland’s son-in-law’s training firm and its potential affect over his latest memo involving the FBI in disputes between mother and father and college boards. 

Garland was grilled by Cruz over a controversial memo launched earlier this month that introduced federal regulation enforcement’s involvement in investigations of “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” 

Cruz, together with a number of different Republican lawmakers through the listening to, accused Garland of focusing on mother and father for talking out in opposition to the implementation of masks mandates and demanding race concept in Ok-12 faculties. 

The Texas Senator went a step additional, questioning the legal professional basic on his son-in-law’s training firm, Panorama Education. 

Cruz requested Garland whether or not he sought an ethics opinion given his son-in-law’s firm and claims that the corporate helps issuing vital race concept curricula.

Sen. Ted Cruz questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland on his son-in-law's educational company at a Senate hearing on October 27, 2021.
Sen. Ted Cruz questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland on his son-in-law’s academic firm at a Senate listening to on October 27, 2021.
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Garland pushed again, telling the Texas Republican that the memo had nothing to do with vital race concept. 

“Are you refusing to answer if you found an ethics telling you –” Cruz stated.

“There’s no possible — ” Garland tried to reply. 

“So you’re saying no, simply reply it straight. You know reply a query straight. Did you search an ethics opinion?

“I’m telling you that if I thought there was any reasonable — if there was a conflict of interest, I would do that,” Garland stated. 

Cruz and Garland continued to trip, with the Texas senator repeating the query and urging Garland to reply. 

Garland claimed that he would've sought an ethics opinion if there was any possible conflict of interest with his son-in-law's company.
Garland claimed that he would’ve sought an ethics opinion if there was any doable battle of curiosity together with his son-in-law’s firm.
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As Cruz’s time for questioning expired, he stated “Let the record reflect the Attorney General refuses to answer whether he sought, sought an ethics opinion and apparently ethics are not a terribly high priority of the — by the Justice Department.” 

Panorama Education has denied any affiliation with CRT, saying on their web site, “Panorama Education is not affiliated with any particular academic or legal philosophy, including critical race theory (CRT). Panorama is not connected to CRT and it is not a tool for teaching CRT.”

“Panorama Education does not sell critical race theory (CRT) to schools. Panorama is not connected to critical race theory (CRT) and is not a tool for teaching critical race theory (CRT),” the corporate continued.

During his line of questioning, Cruz additionally blasted Garland for not having executed unbiased analysis on any situations of alleged violence earlier than issuing the hotly debated memo. 

“You’re the Attorney General of the United States. This was not a tweet you sent. This is a memo to the Federal Bureau of Investigations saying go investigate parents as domestic terrorists,” Cruz stated. 

Cruz criticized Garland for not doing the proper research before issuing his controversial memo asking the FBI to investigate school board meetings.
Cruz criticized Garland for not doing the right analysis earlier than issuing his controversial memo asking the FBI to analyze college board conferences.
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Cruz cited a letter from the National School Boards Association, that was despatched simply days earlier than Garland’s memo and requested help from the federal authorities to fight the alleged violent acts they in comparison with “domestic terrorism,” — the NSBA board has since apologized for the language within the letter. 

The senator famous that within the letter, the NSBA cited 20 incidents of violent acts in opposition to college personnel. 

“Did you look up the 20 instances?” Cruz requested.

“I did not –” Garland stated earlier than Cruz reduce in saying, “Did anyone on your staff look them up?”

Garland admitted that he didn't look up the 20 instances of violence cited in the National School Boards Association letter.
Garland admitted that he didn’t lookup the 20 situations of violence cited within the National School Boards Association letter.
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“I don’t know the answer but it’s up –” Garland began to say. 

“But of course you don’t, General,” Cruz stated. 

The Texas senator went on to accuse Garland of failing to do any unbiased analysis earlier than issuing the memo and requested the legal professional basic a number of instances if he did. 

Garland failed to offer Cruz with a direct reply on the topic.