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Dad pardoned over arrest at school board meeting on daughter’s sexual assault rips ‘politicized’ DOJ: ‘Bone-chilling’

The Virginia father who was arrested at a school board meeting when he spoke out about his teen daughter being sexually assaulted by a transgender student slammed the Department of Justice on Monday as being “politicized and weaponized to the hill” for its handling of his case.

Scott Smith, who was recently pardoned by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, said in a new interview that he did not believe his case was treated fairly by federal prosecutors.

“I really wanted to win this straight up in court on my own merit, but unfortunately, you know as things have played out – our justice system across this land is unfortunately politicized and weaponized to the hill, and that should scare every American,” Smith told FOX News Monday night.

Smith also addressed a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that claimed the press used his altercation as proof of some type of greater right-wing campaign, or “an attempt to fit Mr. Smith into the Democratic Party’s portrayal of conservative critics of government as motivated by hatred.”

“It’s all true,” Smith said when presented with the article. “It’s what they did.

“They used me to silence moms and dads and grandmothers and grandpas and everybody else that we’re starting this movement to protect our children to stand up for our rights, to protect our children and say what we think is right for them.

“And there’s clear evidence that it somewhat worked,” he said, calling the Justice Department memo to school boards “bone-chilling.”

Smith was arrested at a Loudoun County School Board meeting on June 22, 2021, when he spoke out about his teenage daughter being sexually assaulted in a school bathroom by a transgender student. He reportedly unleashed a storm of profanities and was convicted of disorderly conduct.

But he told “America Reports” he was not actually verbally sparring with the unsupportive school board members, as was originally believed, but rather a “radical parent” who called him a liar and threatened to “ruin” him on social media.

“I never spoke to the school board. That whole story is really kind of askew,” Smith said.

“I was sitting in my little area, and a radical protester came and I heard this shouting behind me, and I turned around, and it was my wife and her – I didn’t even know my wife was there. She came in behind me,” he recounted.

“So I stepped in, tried to explain to this lady what was going on,” he said, explaining he told the woman about his daughter’s assault by a transgender student.

“She looked at me dead in the face and said, ‘That’s not true, that’s not what happened. You are lying.’”

“So I stepped in, tried to explain to this lady what was going on,” he said, explaining he told the woman about his daughter’s assault by a transgender student.

The police tried to de-escalate the situation, Smith said, but when they walked away he again turned to engage the woman verbally.

That was when, he said, she threatened to “ruin” him on social media.

“I called her an expletive – the next thing I know, there are hands all over me, grabbing me from behind,” Smith recounted.

He said he was never “really fighting to clear my name from a disorderly conduct charge, I mean, I’m a country boy, I’m just disorderly sometimes.

“You know, what this was all about was my free speech, you know, that should not have happened that day,” he told anchor John Roberts.

Smith was pardoned by Gov. Youngkin on Sunday when the Republican governor told “FOX News Sunday”: “I spoke with Mr. Smith on Friday, and I had the privilege of telling Mr. Smith that I will pardon him, and we did that on Friday.

“We righted a wrong. He should’ve never been prosecuted here. This was a dad standing up for his daughter.”

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