GOP Unable To Bring Merrick Garland To Justice?

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( – Efforts to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress have been thrown into limbo, as Republicans are uncertain they would have the votes to pass the measure.

Last week, two committees passed resolutions to censure the Attorney General. House Speaker Republican Mike Johnson (Louisiana) has expressed confidence that the measure would “handily” pass after lawmakers return from their weeklong Memorial Day recess.

However, recent reports reveal that behind the scenes, there has been some hesitation from two Republican members, who indicated they would not vote for the resolutions.

Those doubts could be a problem for the razor-thin House GOP majority, in which only one or two Representatives can defect if Democrats remain united.

GOP leadership spent last week whipping the Garland vote as more than one GOP member suggested that some colleagues were not on board.

According to reporting by The Hill, Republican Rep. Tim Burchett (Tennessee) revealed the censure vote would not be brought to the floor unless the GOP knows it “can pass it,” noting that there are “more than one” GOP Representatives who’ve expressed reservations about the vote.

However, Burchett added that the break could change those sentiments as Representatives “how to get comfortable with it.”

When asked about the vote’s timing, Republican Rep. Dan Bishop (North Carolina) added that those unsure about voting for the censure were “squishy.”

The House didn’t vote on the Garland matter before the recess, a notable decision.

However, Johnson suggested that the vote not taking place was simply a “calendar issue.”

Yet Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin (Maryland), the most senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, indicated the matter had been complicated by the altercation between GOP Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) and Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett (Texas) over the use of false eyelashes.

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