Thirteen states have signed a lawsuit related to the Freedom of Information Act, seeking to uncover Biden administration records about any FBI surveillance of parents protesting against school boards.
Indiana Attorney General and former Congress member Todd Rokita took the lead in the lawsuit versus U.S. President Joe Biden, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and Attorney General Merrick Garland. In the suit, he cited that U.S. officials failed to honor FOIA requests.
Rokita had previously demanded all communications and records connected to the FBI’s decision to probe threats of violence against local education officials.
“We just want the facts,” the Indiana attorney general told Fox News Digital. “Rather than cooperate, the Biden administration has sought to conceal and downplay its culpability. What are they hiding? Why won’t they come clean? Hoosiers and all Americans deserve to know.”
Apart from Indiana, the other plaintiffs in the case include Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
Cardona solicited the NSBA’s heavily-criticized letter addressed to the president, in which it compared protesting parents to domestic terrorists. The letter also suggested using the Patriot Act against the parents, as per an email exchange reported by Fox News Digital.
However, the Education Department has denied that its secretary solicited the letter. Additionally, the NSBA has apologized for the language it used in the original letter.
The Education Department has denied that Cardona solicited the letter, and the NSBA has apologized for its language comparing passionate parents to domestic terrorists in the original letter.
Just a few days after the NSBA sent its letter to the president, garland sent a memo that directed the FBI to support local education officials. In a testimony before a congressional committee back in October, Garland denied that he labeled the parents as “domestic terrorists.”
“Attorney General Garland testified in Congress that his Memorandum was based on a now-debunked and rescinded letter drafted by individuals in the Federal Government (EOP, ED, and DOJ) working with the National School Boards Association (‘NSBA’) dated September 29, 2021,” the lawsuit reads.
“This letter, from the NSBA to President Biden, called on him to invoke ‘the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism,’ arguing that as ‘acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,'” it added.