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GOP Sen. Cotton Unleashes on Merrick Garland: ‘You Should Resign in Disgrace!’

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Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton went scorched earth on Attorney General Merrick Garland and demanded that he “resign in disgrace.”

During a hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Garland stood by his letter labeling parents who protest Critical Race Theory “domestic terrorists” even though the National School Board Association has apologized for the letter.

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Below is a transcript of the exchange:

COTTON: We’ve all read your memorandum and heard you dissemble about your memorandum. I have one of your attorneys sending out a letter in detail. The federal statute. You talked a lot about intimidation. Have you issued a memorandum like your October 4th memorandum last summer?

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GARLAND: Summer of 2020? In the summer of 2020?

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COTTON: Judge, what about this? It’s no doubt your school boards aren’t within the jurisdiction. You keep saying, senators. Have you started an investigation into the harassment of senator Kirsten Sinema in a bathroom because she won’t go along with the democratic agenda? Being harassed in a bathroom. You’ve cited the basis for that directive, The National school board association’s letter, September 29th. Was that directive being prepared before September 29th?

GARLAND: Before the school board association letter was issued snd I don’t think so.

COTTON: >> You keep citing news reports. One you presumably mean is from louden county, Virginia.
That is what what I was talking about. Whose 15-year-old daughter was raped? She was raped in a bathroom by a boy wearing a girl’s clothes. And the louden county school board covered it up because it would have interfered with their transgender policy. And that man, Scott Smith, because he went to the school board and tried to defend his daughter’s rights were condemned internationally. Do you apologize to Scott Smith and his 15-year-old daughter, judge?

GARLAND: Anyone whose child was raped is the most horrific crime I can imagine and is protected by the First Amendment to protest to their school board about this.

COTTON: Your testimony, your directive. You should resign. Thank you.

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