A conservative authorities watchdog is in search of data associated to experiences that Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s son-in-law is the co-founder of an organization that promotes critical race theory (CRT) within the classroom.

America First Legal (AFL) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with DOJ on Wednesday in search of data associated to Garland’s Oct. 4 memo, which directed DOJ’s National Security Division and the FBI to research “threatening” mother and father at faculty board conferences talking out towards CRT.

Garland’s directive has been criticized for politicizing DOJ as a result of it got here simply days after a controversial letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to President Biden, suggesting that oldsters pushing again throughout faculty board conferences are partaking in “domestic terrorism.” Now, Garland can also be under elevated scrutiny for his son-in-law’s ties to an organization that backs CRT.

AG GARLAND FACES SCRUTINY OVER TIES TO ZUCKERBERG-BACKED ED CONSULTANCY AMID CRITICAL RACE THEORY BATTLES

In 2018, Garland’s daughter Rebecca married Xan Tanner, co-founder of Panorama Education, a consultancy tied to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg’s charitable basis – dubbed the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative – was listed in 2017 as one of a number of organizations that gave a collective $16 million to Panorama, which might use that for social-emotional efforts. 

A press release learn: “Panorama Education will use the funding to expand its tools that help school districts develop students’ social and emotional skills, promote family engagement with school, and increase college readiness.”

Stephen Miller, America First Legal founder and former adviser to President Trump, informed Fox News that it is very important look into any “ethical conflicts” stemming from Garland’s private household monetary pursuits.

“AG Garland ordered the DOJ to use its vast national security powers to target parents who object to Critical Race Theory being forced onto innocent children. It is therefore exceptionally urgent that the Department disclose all records pertaining to the Garland family’s financial interest in Critical Race Theory and any and all ethical conflicts that arise from that financial interest,” stated Miller.

“Accordingly, Mr. Tanner’s financial interest in a business that benefits from CRT and gender ideology indoctrination might render the Attorney General’s participation in measures to promote or protect such activities, including the October 4, 2021 memorandum, ethically problematic,” stated America First Legal within the announcement of the FOIA request.

PARENTS RESPOND TO DOJ, SCHOOL BOARDS’ STATEMENTS: ‘I AM WHAT A DOMESTIC TERRORIST LOOKS LIKE?’

“Merrick Garland has declared a war on parents,” Asra Nomani of Parents Defending Education (PDE) tweeted in response to Garland’s memo. “His daughter is married to the cofounder of @PanoramaEd which is under fire for its multimillion contracts with school boards. At @DefendingEd, parents sent us tips. We raised the alarm. Now Garland is trying to silence parents.”

DOJ didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for remark on America First Legal’s FOIA. 

The division beforehand said that “there has been misinformation circulated that the Attorney General’s directive is an effort to silence those with particular views about COVID-related policies, school curricula, or other topics of public discussion.”

“This is simply not true.  As stated clearly in the Attorney General’s guidance to the FBI and United States Attorney’s Offices, the Department’s efforts are about rooting out criminal threats of violence, not about any particular ideology,” stated DOJ spokesperson Wyn Hornbuckle.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.