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Rep. Chip Roy grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday and asked if he was aware of the Loudoun County incident where a gender-fluid student allegedly raped a girl in a high school bathroom and Garland claimed he didn’t know any of the facts surrounding the highly-publicized case.
“Attorney General Garland, do you know where Broad Run High School is? Do you know where Broad Run High School is? It’s in Ashburn, VA in Loudoun County Virginia. Do you know why I care? Because I’m a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School. Despite my family having Texas roots back to the 1850s, I grew up in Loudoun. It was my home,” Roy began.
“And also I care because on Oct. 6, a mere 15 days ago inside Broad Run High School in Loudoun County, VA, a young girl was sexually assaulted. Attorney General Garland are you aware that Loudoun County prosecutors confirmed the boy that assaulted this young girl in Broad Run High School is the same boy who wore a skirt and went into a girl’s bathroom, sodomized and raped a 14-year-old girl in a different Loudoun County high school on May 28? Are you aware of these facts?” Roy asked Garland.
“Are you aware further that the boy was arrested and charged with the first assault in July, but released from juvenile detention?” Roy added while Garland attempted to get his microphone to turn on.
An outwardly confused Garland shook his head and answered, “It sounds like a state case, and I’m not familiar with it. I’m sorry.”
“You agreed with Loudoun parents that it is not okay to allow a child that has been charged with a rape to go back into a school in that public school system,” Roy asserted.
“Again, I don’t know any of the facts of this case, but the way you put it, it certainly sounds like I would agree with you. I don’t know the facts of the case,” Garland haltingly stated.
“Is the FBI or the Department of Justice investigating the Loudoun school board for violating civil rights under the authority of say, the Violence Against Women Act?” Roy asked.
“I don’t believe so but I don’t know the answer to that,” Garland replied.
“I’d ask why not because on June 22nd at a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, the superintendent, Scott Ziegler, declared in front of the father of the girl who had been raped that the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist. And that to his knowledge we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms,” Roy said.
“When this statement bothered the father of the girl … I’m a father of a daughter, I believe you are too sir … the girl who had been raped, sodomized in the bathroom of a high school by a dude wearing a skirt, that father reacted. Now, that father reacted by simply using a derogatory word. Would that statement have bothered you if your daughter had been raped? If somebody said it didn’t occur?” the congressman asked Garland.
“Again, I don’t know anything about the facts of this case but derogatory words are not what my memorandum is about,” Garland defensively responded.
“Well, the victim’s mother is heard on a cellphone video telling the crowd what happened. ‘My child was raped at school,’ she said. Behind her, the victim’s father is seen being arrested, bloodied. This man, this arrested 48-year-old plumber became the poster boy for the new domestic terrorism the Biden administration, the administration for which you serve, has concocted to destroy anyone who gets in the way,” Roy posited.
He brought up the National School Board Association citing Smith’s case as an example of domestic terrorism.
“Attorney General, do you believe that a father attending a meeting exercising his First Amendment rights and yes, getting angry about whatever lies are being told about his daughter being raped in the school he sent her to be educated in, that this is domestic terrorism? Yes or no?” Roy grilled Garland.
“No, I do not think that parents getting angry at school boards for whatever reason constitutes domestic terrorism. It’s not even a close question,” Garland responded.
“To be clear, even if there is the threat of violence, do you believe that it is domestic terrorism that the FBI has the power to target American citizens in local disputes because a father gets mad. Now, I’m not saying Mr. Smith did that, in fact, he didn’t. I could tell how I sure as hell would have reacted. Mr. Smith should be given a medal for his calm, to be able to hold back his anger,” the Republican continued.
“Are you aware that Loudoun County failed to report the sexual assault according to state law? And are you investigating that?” Roy asked.
“Again, I’m sorry. I don’t know anything about this case,” Garland stated.
Roy went on to question Garland further on the FBI investigating the incident and the attorney general just kept saying he did not know the facts of the case.
The hearing earlier also featured another explosive confrontation between committee chair Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) over a video from that school board meeting showing parents confronting school board members.
Jordan sought to present the video and Nadler objected asking Jordan if Republicans had followed a “48-hour rule” in submitting the video to the committee in advance for approval. Jordan said they had done exactly that. Nadler proceeded to rule that the video could not be shown regardless of that fact.
This is the video of parents at school board meetings that @RepJerryNadler refused to let us play at today’s Judiciary Committee hearing.
Why does the Left feel so threatened by brave American parents? pic.twitter.com/GvJlkWoJa2
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) October 21, 2021
Roy’s owning of Garland in the hearing was celebrated on Twitter:
Chewed up Garland and spit him out!
— SuperDave (@davemock) October 21, 2021
It’s a state case when Garland knows nothing about it . Yet he’s getting the DOJ involved with school board meetings .
— Green grass and high tides (@Vik68139095) October 21, 2021
The National School Board Association letter specifically cited the father of the girl allegedly assaulted as an example of the threats of violence against teachers.
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) October 21, 2021
I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know
— Eaglet (@Shakie13222122) October 21, 2021
you sent out the DOJ to investigate parents… who are rightly concerned with their children’s curricula.
we went from CRT and SEL aren’t in school to we’ll send the IRS after you REAL fast.
— No thank you (@ChurchOfGame) October 21, 2021
And yet, AG Garland wants to turn federal agents loose against parents who criticize local school boards. Using his own logic, parents criticizing or even threatening school boards would be a local case and local issue, not one requiring federal agents.
— Michael FA (@Michael_FA75) October 21, 2021
He sends out the memo and we’re supposed to believe he knows nothing about it? BS.
— Claire Robertson (@bluebludgardenr) October 21, 2021
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