Republican-Led House Votes to Hold Garland in Contempt of Congress

Attorney General Merrick Garland (file photo)

By Steve Neavling

The U.S. House on Wednesday voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas to turn over audio of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur. 

Garland is the third attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt, the Associated Press reports

In essence, the House is recommending that Garland be prosecuted. 

The Justice Department complied with some of the House committees’ orders to disclose information related to Hur’s investigation of Biden’s handling of classified documents. But the DOJ declined to release the audio

On the final day to comply, the White House invoked executive privilege and blocked the release of the audio, saying Republicans only wanted the recordings for political purposes. 

In February, Hur announced that he was not going to charge Biden for knowingly taking classified documents after leaving the vice presidency in 2017. In the report, Hur painted a harsh picture of the president as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” and “diminished faculties in advancing age.”

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