Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Mike Johnson (LA) addressed a letter to the U.S. Attorney General insisting that whistleblowers have come forward and revealed that the FBI had labeled dozens of investigations into parents who opposed schools’ COVID policies with a threat tag, formed by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, despite Merrick Garland having beforehand claimed that it never took place. In September, The National School Boards Association (NBSA) addressed a letter to the Biden administration comparing parents who opposed the school’s COVID policies to domestic terrorists. The Justice Department issued a memo five days later directing the FBI to investigate threats to school boards. According to the letter composed by Jordan and Johnson on Wednesday, an internal email from the FBI’s criminal and counterterrorism divisions directed agents to label all investigations and assessments of threats directed particularly at education officials with the threat tag “EDUOFFICIALS.” [tweet_embed] May 15, 2022[/tweet_embed] Jordan and Johnson announced that the whistleblower insisted that the FBI opened investigations with the EDUOFFICIALS label in “every region of the country” on “all types of educational settings.” The congressmen mentioned many instances where someone reported a parent, or an elected official, using the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center and compared the center to a “snitch-line” for tips regarding parents at school board meetings. The letter specifically cited instances, including one of the investigations where bureau agents interviewed a mother for allegedly telling a school board member, “we are coming for you.” The mom was reported because she belonged to a “right-wing mom’s group” called “Moms for Liberty” and because she is a gun owner. The FBI eventually decided she was not a threat. [tweet_embed] May 15, 2022[/tweet_embed] In another investigation mentioned by the lawmakers, agents interviewed a father who opposed masks. The dad was reported because he supposedly fit the profile of an “insurrectionist” and “rails against the government” and “has a lot of guns and threatens to use them.” Once again, the person who reported the dad later admitted they had “no specific information or observations” of “...any crimes or threats.” A Democratic Party official supposedly reported Republican elected officials in an undisclosed state, insisting that Republicans “incited violence” because they expressed displeasure with school districts’ vaccine mandates. [tweet_embed] May 15, 2022[/tweet_embed] Jordan and Johnson argued that the investigations were a result of Garland’s October 4 directive to the FBI and continued that the agents ultimately determined that the cases did not amount to terrorist threats but rather a waste of “valuable law-enforcement time and resources (that) could have been expended on real and pressing threats.” The congressmen wrote in their letter to Garland, “This whistleblower information raises serious concerns that your October 4 memorandum will chill protected First Amendment activity as parents will rightfully fear that their passionate advocacy for their children could result in a visit from federal law enforcement.” [tweet_embed] May 15, 2022[/tweet_embed] The letter directed Garland to take all “reasonable steps” to preserve all “records responsive” to the matter.