Newly released DOJ memo details top-down pressure on cops to probe vague school board threats

Newly released DOJ memo details top-down pressure on cops to probe vague school board threats

  • December 13, 2023

Steven Richards, Just the News

After Attorney General Merrick Garland issued an October 2021 directive calling for federal resources to investigate threats against school boards, a newly released memo shows the Justice Department pressured all U.S. Attorneys Offices to convene meetings with local law enforcement and FBI representatives to address the alleged threat.

The Oct. 20, 2021 memo, provided to Just the News by the watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust, was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

“[They] sent the memo to all the US Attorney’s offices across the country and ordered them to—it does say on the memo that its guidance on implementing the Attorney General’s memorandum—but there are required actions that…they are required to convene a meeting within the next few weeks,” Michael Chamberlain, Director of Protecting the Public’s Trust, said on the “John Solomon Reports” podcast on Wednesday.

According to Chamberlain, “The memo was sent out on October 20 of 2021 and they were supposed to have the meeting by November 3 and they were supposed to, they were required to report back. And to verify that they had the meeting and list details…such as the local officials who attended. So this was not something that was just, you know, not something that they didn’t believe was important. It doesn’t it doesn’t look like they put a lot of effort and resources into enforcing the memo.”

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