A coalition of U.S. states have issued a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Biden administration, requesting information on whether the FBI spied on parents who spoke out at school board meetings.
The action follows the National School Boards Association’s request to the Justice Department last year to prosecute parents who raise concerns about curriculum and other local school practices as domestic terrorists.
The complaint also follows the Biden administration’s refusal to answer to FOIA requests made by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, a Republican, and other states seeking contacts between federal officials prior to the October 2021 “threats” document.
According to The Daily Wire, Rokita is now leading the FOIA case, but he is supported by attorneys general from Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
“We just want the facts,” Rokita remarked. “Rather of cooperating, the Biden administration has worked to conceal and minimize its role.” What are they concealing? Why aren’t they coming clean? Hoosiers and all Americans have a right to know.”
According to the Daily Wire, the lawsuit targets Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
According to Fox News, the AGs have asked a federal district judge to order the administration to reply to the petitions.
The White House declined to comment on the case and referred The Daily Wire to the Department of Justice.
Following the NSBA’s letter, Garland directed the FBI in a memo to lead a task group handling threats to school leaders and reporting the threats. The White House later stated that it was not engaged in the DOJ memo and that the department “decided to take this strategy on their own.”
Garland testified to Congress in October that he had been “certain that the National Association of School Boards letter was discussed between the White House and the Justice Department, and that’s entirely acceptable,” according to the complaint.
Republican attorneys general started demanding that it be invalidated and that the government “cease any further actions designed to intimidate parents from expressing their opinions on their children’s education,” according to the lawsuit, contributing that the Attorney generals also requested that the government “respect their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and to raise their children.”