House Judiciary subpoenas FBI Director Wray to testify on targeting of parents at school board meetings

EXCLUSIVE: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, compelling him to testify before the panel and turn over documents and communications related to the FBI’s “misuse of federal criminal and counterterrorism resources” to target parents at school board meetings. Fox News Digital first reviewed the subpoena, which compels Wray to appear before the committee at 9:00 a.m. on March 1 for a deposition. The subpoena also compels Wray to produce all documents referring to meetings with U.S. attorneys’ offices in accordance with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Oct. 4, 2021 memo, which directed the FBI to partner with local law enforcement and U.S. attorneys to identify parental threats at school board meetings against faculty and “prosecute them when appropriate.” CONGRESS TO RETURN TO DC WITH RENEWED FOCUS ON BIDEN ADMIN INVESTIGATIONS The subpoena also demands documents related to the Justice Department’s task force that focused on identifying school board threats, and the FBI’s role as a member of that task force. The subpoena also requires Wray to turn over all documents related to “both formal and informal recommendations” created or relied upon by FBI employees relating to meetings with U.S. attorneys offices, as well as “all documents and communications referring or relating to the EDUOFFICIALS threat tag.” Wray is also required to produce “all documents and communications sent or received by the following individuals referring or relating to FBI investigations of school board threats: Carlton L. Peeples; Jay Greenberg; Calvin A. Shivers; Brian M. Cohen; Timothy R. Langan Jr.; and Kevin Vorndran.” WHITE HOUSE PLEDGES TO WORK IN ‘GOOD FAITH’ WITH GOP AS IT INVESTIGATES DOJ TARGETING OF PARENTS Fox News is told those individuals are FBI agents that were on the initial “EDUOFFICIALS” threat tag emails. Jordan and committee Republicans have been reviewing whistleblower information that the White House “colluded with the National School Boards Association to manufacture a pretext for the use of federal law enforcement authorities against parents” since 2021, and are continuing the probe—this time, with subpoena power. Whistleblowers told Jordan that the FBI labeled dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the bureau’s Counterterrorism Division to assess and track investigations related to school boards. One whistleblower told Jordan that the FBI opened investigations with the “EDUOFFICIALS” threat in every region of the country and relating to all types of educational settings.  In one investigation, FBI officials interviewed a mom for allegedly telling a school board member “we are coming for you.” The person reported the mother because she belonged to a “right wing mom’s group” called “Moms for Liberty” and because she is a gun owner. FBI officials eventually determined this mom was not a threat.  In another investigation, Jordan said FBI officials interviewed a father opposed to COVID masks. The person who reported the father did so because he supposedly fit the bill of an “insurrectionist” and “rails against the government” and “has a lot of guns and threatens to use them” – claims which the person later admitted they had “no specific information or observations of … any crimes or threats.” It was 2021 when Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a memo to the FBI, office for U.S. attorneys, and the DOJ’s Criminal Division to notify officials that the agency would “use its authority and resources” to identify threats at school board meetings against faculty and “prosecute them when appropriate.” JORDAN SEEKS TESTIMONY FROM GARLAND, WRAY, OTHERS IN HOUSE JUDICIARY PROBES OF DOJ, FBI Garland’s memo said the FBI would partner with local law enforcement and each U.S. attorney to convene meetings with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial leaders in each federal district. Garland said the meetings would “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff, and will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment and response.” The memo also announced that the FBI’s involvement would help to “determine how federal enforcement can be used to prosecute these crimes.”  The memo was sent after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to Garland citing instances, including nonviolent behavior that did not include threats, but that was deemed disruptive. The NSBA had called for the use of measures, including the Patriot Act, which is typically used to address terrorism. Their second letter said they “regret and apologize for the letter,” stating that “there was no justification for some of the language” they had used. Jordan, in November after the midterm elections when it became clear Republicans would take the majority in the House of Representatives, penned a letter to Wray and Garland, urging them to comply with his past requests on the matter, and warned them that if ignored he would resort to compulsory measures to obtain necessary information and testimony.  The FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the subpoena.  HOUSE REPUBLICANS DEMAND FBI DISCLOSE HOW IT IS COMPLYING WITH DOJ SCHOOL BOARD MEMO Last week, the White House said it will work cooperatively and in “good faith” with Jordan during his investigation on the matter, after he said the White House has “not complied” with long-outstanding requests for information and documents.  The White House, though, reiterated President Biden’s commitment to ensuring teachers can do their jobs “free from violence, threats, and intimidation.” Jordan has already formally launched a number of high-level investigations in his first month as committee chairman.  HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO EX-FBI OFFICIAL CHARGED OVER TIES TO RUSSIAN OLIGARCH Just this week, Jordan notified Wray that the committee has opened an investigation into Charles McGonigal — the former FBI special agent in charge of the counterintelligence division who was recently indicted on charges of money laundering and other counts stemming from his “collusion” with a Russian oligarch. Jordan has also successfully established a new Judiciary subcommittee – the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government – which he will chair.
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