This video, from Garland’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, tells you everything you need to know, but I have a bit to add…
1. Garland is defensive. He should be. He’s been caught in a conflict of interest that was obvious and illegal.
2. The conservative news media has been talking about this since shortly after his dissent-chilling memo appeared. The mainstream media barely mentioned it, which is nauseating. This isn’t, or shouldn’t be, a partisan issue. The Attorney General stumbled into, or ignored, or didn’t recognize, or was talked into defying a serious conflict of interest that a second-year law student should be able to catch.
3. Maybe Garland just isn’t as smart as everyone (including me) thought he was.
4. His denials and protestations were weak and unconvincing. The parent protests (or as his memo calls them, “harassment”) are primarily being triggered by the progressive, Black Lives Matter-fueled effort to institute critical race theory-style lessons in the public schools. The memo is vague, but it is also vaguely threatening, and is accurately described as an attempt to make parents reluctant, hesitant, or afraid to vigorously object to the “1619 Project” and its CRT channeling ilk. The less push-back such curricula receive, the more likely schools are to adopt them. The more schools that adopt them, the more potential business for Garland’s son-in-law. This isn’t even a close call.
5. As a judge, Garland wouldn’t dare rule on a case with such an obvious connection to the benefit of a family member. Why he would think signing the speech-chilling letter he did to take the heat off anti-racism (that means anti-white) programs in the public schools while his son-in-law markets such programs wouldn’t be seen as equally inappropriate is a mystery.
6. As a federal employee and a member of the executive branch, just like a judge, Garland is forbidden from engaging in conduct that creates the appearance of impropriety. Rep. Mike Johnson had him cold: Garland was unethical, and flagrantly so. He has no excuse.