It’s time to recap what we know about the School-Board/DOJ scandal:
- The White House Domestic Policy Council formulated a plan to solicit a letter from an outside group that is “not the usual suspects” (meaning not a group known to be political like a teachers’ union) warning that parents’ complaints were rising to the level of domestic terrorism.*
- The White House coordinated the letter with Viola Garcia, the president of the NSBA.
- Despite being filled with links, the letter contains virtually no evidence to support its main contention.
- Garcia and another executive sent the letter without the approval of the NSBA board. (The board latter repudiated the letter, but not in time to avoid serious blowback, as several state associations have broken ties with the NSBA.)
- After sending the letter, Garcia was appointed to a federal oversight board. (This is new information today.)
- Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a federal investigation of school board protesters. Ostensibly the investigation is a result of the letter, but it was announced with such speed that most observers conclude it must have been in the works already.
- When questioned before the House, Garland conceded that he had no evidence of a “disturbing spike of harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” beyond the NSBA letter (than the White House solicited and helped write).
- Rep. Nadler (D-NY) cut off Rep. Jordan (R-OH) before he could probe further.
* The first point is alleged in a complaint by a watchdog group. The other points are established facts.