Attorney General Merrick Garland told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he had not sought, and would not seek, ethics review from the Department of Justice over his son-in-law’s alleged ties to the promotion of the racist indoctrination curriculum of Critical Race Theory (CRT).
The issue arose because of a report that Garland’s son-in-law, Alexander “Xan” Tanner, is a co-founder of an educational data mining company that promotes CRT, while Garland was cracking down on parents objecting to CRT at recent school board meetings.
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) questioned Garland about whether he had sought ethics review from counsel within the Department of Jusice. Garland indicated that he had not, and would not, because it was not required. Later, under questioning from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Garland reiterated that he had acted within Department of Justice rules.
This is the same attorney general’s office that threatened an FBI investigation of parents justifiably outraged about their children being indoctrinated with CRT at the whim of left-dominated school boards. Whether or not Garland acted “within the rules,” it’s clear whose side he takes on the issue. The very least he could do to at least put up a pretense of objectivity is to willingly seek an ethics review.