Conservative government watchdog America First Legal is looking into whether there are “ethical conflicts” stemming from Attorney General Merrick Garland’s family financial interests, following reports that his son-in-law is the co-founder of an education company that some speculate could benefit from his recent crackdown on protesting parents.
On Wednesday, AFL filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice “seeking records bearing on potential conflict of interest concerns created by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s October 4, 2021 memorandum mobilizing the Department’s National Security Division and the FBI against parents speaking out against Critical Race Theory and extreme gender ideology indoctrination in public schools.”
The request comes after several lawmakers claimed Panorama Education, co-founded by Xan Tanner, supports critical race theory curricula while servicing 23,000 schools in the nation, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The watchdog organization cited public corporate data that showed as much as $100 million had been invested in Panorama Education, despite the company claiming it depends on payments from school boards.
“Panorama and its billionaire investors, it seems, aim to profit by “transforming
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday issued a memorandum that imposes a moratorium on federal executions.
“The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, but is also treated fairly and humanely,” Garland said in a statement. “That obligation has special force in capital cases.”
Executions will be put on hold while a review of the Justice Department’s policies and procedures takes place.
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