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Whistleblowers: FBI probed parents under counterterrorism 'threat tag' for protesting school boards

The FBI used “threat tags” created by the bureau’s counterterrorism division to launch dozens of investigations into parents who had protested at school board meetings, whistleblowers disclosed. 

The probes targeted parents who were reported on a new Justice Department “snitch line.” The FBI investigations included a father opposed to mask mandates and a mother deemed a threat for “owning guns” and belonging to a group called “Moms for liberty.”

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland accusing the FBI of opening “at least dozens” of investigations into parents and others using the counterterrorism threat tag “in almost every region of the country and relating to all types of educational settings.”

Mr. Jordan also accused Mr. Garland of lying to Congress. 

Mr. Garland testified in October that the Justice Department was not using counterterrorism

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