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'Mr. Chairman, What Are You Afraid Of?': Nadler Stops GOP from Playing Video in Committee Hearing

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Posted: Oct 21, 2021 12:15 PM
'Mr. Chairman, What Are You Afraid Of?': Nadler Stops GOP from Playing Video in Committee Hearing

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

An argument broke out Thursday between House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) over a video Republicans wanted to play for Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

Nadler objected, saying Republicans needed to provide a 48-hour notice, but Jordan said that rule does not exist. 

Jordan had wanted to play the following video questioning whether parents are really domestic terrorists for expressing concerns at school board meetings. 

Earlier this month, Garland said in a memo that there's been a "disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation's public schools.”

He directed the FBI to work with U.S. attorneys and authorities at the federal, state, and local level to develop strategies to tackle the problem.

The memo came days after the National School Boards Association asked the Biden administration to use a variety of tools, including the PATRIOT Act, to address the non-violent situations at school board meetings where parents have increasingly voiced opposition to matters of critical race theory and more in the education of their children.

After Nadler's objection, Republicans wanted to know why Nadler was afraid to show the video.

Republicans came back to the school board issue throughout the hearing. 

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, for example, told Garland he "found it deeply disturbing that the National School Boards Association convinced the Biden administration to sic you and your Justice Department, the FBI … on involved parents as if they were domestic terrorists."

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