Attorney General Todd Rokita is leading a 14-state effort to force President Joe Biden and his bureaucrats to turn over records related to the administration’s schemes to prevent parents from speaking out against leftist indoctrination in public schools.
The administration has refused to respond to Attorney General Rokita’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, which were filed last fall on behalf of Indiana and other states.
The requests seek federal officials’ communications preceding an Oct. 4 Department of Justice memo that called for FBI surveillance of parents expressing opinions at school board meetings and other forums.
“We just want the facts,” Attorney General Rokita said. “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.”
In today’s lawsuit, Attorney General Rokita asks a U.S. district court to force the Biden administration to respond to the requests for information.
In the Oct. 4 memo, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland parroted language from a Sept. 29 letter to the Biden administration from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). That letter lamented the rise of parents pushing back against divisive ideologies, including critical race theory (CRT). It further suggested that protests by parents across the nation were rising to the level of “domestic terrorism.”
Facts then came to light suggesting the NSBA and White House worked together all along to concoct a false premise for targeting parents.
On Oct. 18, Attorney General Rokita led a 17-state coalition demanding that the Biden administration rescind its threat to sic the FBI on peacefully protesting parents of schoolchildren.
The NSBA eventually apologized for its language comparing parents to domestic terrorists, but the Biden administration has never rescinded its threatening memo.
“The Biden administration wants to sweep under the rug these inexcusable assaults on parents’ freedom of speech,” Attorney General Rokita said. “But we’re fighting for full transparency and accountability for this misconduct so it doesn’t happen again.”
Besides the White House and U.S. Department of Justice, the lawsuit also names as defendants the U.S. Department of Education and its leader, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.