Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called out overrated Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Attorney General Merrick Garland. One of the topics discussed was Garland’s decision to get involved in school boards.
So as the questions went back and forth, Jordan had Nadler right where he wanted him and tried to show a video featuring parents at school board meetings to make his point.
But Nadler objected saying the Ohio Republican did not provide 48 hours notice to the committee before showing the video. A procedural debate, not one of substance. The Dems favorite game.
Nadler said imperiously “that’s out of order, this is not debatable.” “What’s out of order is that there is no rule that requires a 48-hour notice, that’s what out of order,” Jordan said.
“There is such a rule,” Nadler said.
“It’s a video about parents at school board meetings,” Jordan said.
“Moms and dad speaking at school board meetings.”
“And you guys aren’t going to let us play it?”
Nadler said no and cited procedural grounds. Jordan fired back:
“Mr. Chairman, obviously you’re not going to let us play it and obviously you’re going to censor us, which is sort of the conduct of the left today it seems and Democrats today it seems.”
From The Hill:
Attorney General Merrick Garland defended his office’s effort to combat a growing number of violent threats against school board members and other school employees as Republicans attacked the policy at a congressional hearing Thursday.
Facing a series of angry criticisms from GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee, Garland said that the effort is intended only to make sure that debates over local education policy do not devolve into violence, and dismissed any suggestion that the Department of Justice would target parents for criticizing school boards.
“I want to be clear that the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools,” he said.
Republicans spent most of their allotted questioning time on Thursday pressing Garland about the memo, criticizing it as going too far and having a chilling effect on parents’ ability to weigh in on local school policies.
Garland announced the memo earlier this month, directing FBI officials and federal prosecutors around the country to meet with local counterparts to discuss potentially criminal threats against school officials and teachers and to establish “dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting.”
WATCH: Fight breaks out between Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Jim Jordan during a House Judiciary hearing when Nadler sustains an objection to a video Jordan wanted to be played to AG Merrick Garland. pic.twitter.com/j06MPlJduV— The Hill (@thehill) October 21, 2021
Rep. Jim Jordan to AG Merrick Garland: "Jefferson said once 'tyranny is when the people fear the government.' We are there. Sadly, we are there. But I don't think the good people of this great country are going to cower and hide." pic.twitter.com/yWJlvRrDKT— The Hill (@thehill) October 21, 2021