AG Garland Could Be Held In Contempt

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( – On Monday, Republican Rep. James Comer (Kentucky), Chair of the House Oversight Committee, announced the committee will be meeting later in the week to conduct a mark-up session on the resolution to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt.

The mark-up session will take place on Thursday and comes in response to Garland’s repeated refusal to provide the audio recording of President Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur, in which Biden was questioned about his mishandling of classified documents.

In the press release announcing Thursday’s mark-up session, Comer details that despite the committee issuing “lawful subpoenas,” Garland continued his defiance.

Comer insisted that the audio recordings played an “important” role in the investigation into Biden’s “willful retention of classified documents” and whether Biden was fit to be President.

He added that there had to be “consequences for refusing” to comply with the subpoena and, therefore, the committee would be moving to hold Garland in contempt of Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee will also be holding a vote on Thursday to decide whether or not to hold Garland in contempt of Congress.

The Congressional Committee’s decision to pursue contempt proceedings comes after Gardland refused to hand over the recordings on two occasions. The most recent snub was on April 25, when the Department of Justice expressed concern that the audio could be misused, claiming a lack of legitimate legislative purposes for their release.

However, Republicans claim they need to hear how Hur concluded that Biden shouldn’t be prosecuted because the President would be characterized as a “sympathetic, well-intentioned elderly man with a faulty memory” in legal proceedings.

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