House Votes to Hold AG Merrick Garland in Contempt Over Biden Audio

Mia Nightshade

Updated Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:03 AM CDT

House Votes to Hold AG Merrick Garland in Contempt Over Biden Audio

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 216-207 to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to release audio of President Joe Biden’s interview concerning classified documents. This contentious decision saw Rep. David Joyce of Ohio as the sole Republican dissenting vote, while seven Democrats and one Republican abstained.

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., defended the vote, arguing it sends an important message. Conversely, Garland criticized the move, emphasizing it overlooks the constitutional separation of powers and the necessity for the Justice Department to protect its investigations. Garland is now the third attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress, following William Barr in 2019 and Eric Holder in 2012. Despite the vote, it is improbable the Justice Department will prosecute Garland due to the White House's assertion of executive privilege over the audio recording.

Republicans have sought the audio of Special Counsel Robert Hur's interview with Biden about the classified documents, claiming the need to verify the accuracy of the already public transcript. Hur had declined to prosecute Biden, citing potential jury sympathy towards Biden as an "elderly man with a poor memory."

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, suggested House Republicans might sue to obtain the audio recording, anticipating the contempt resolution will ultimately be resolved in court. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., expressed his reluctance but supported the resolution, arguing the public deserves to hear the audio.

The controversy continues as House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky., and other Republicans allege potential transcript editing by the Justice Department and claim a double standard when compared to Trump's prosecution for similar charges. Garland defended the Justice Department’s actions, noting the extensive information provided to congressional committees, including the interview transcript. He argued that releasing raw audio could deter future witness cooperation.

Democrats, including Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York and Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., have criticized the contempt vote as politically motivated. The White House and congressional Democrats maintain that Republicans' actions are driven more by political agendas than legitimate oversight.

Despite the House's approval of the contempt resolution, historical precedent and the assertion of executive privilege suggest Garland is unlikely to face prosecution. Assistant Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte referenced a 2008 decision where Congress relented on a similar contempt effort when President George W. Bush asserted executive privilege.

This vote comes amid an ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Biden, focusing largely on his alleged involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings. Republicans have also issued subpoenas for Hur’s investigative materials as part of this inquiry. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has secured a conviction against Hunter Biden on gun charges, and a federal grand jury indicted former President Trump on numerous felony counts related to classified documents post-presidency. Garland's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and the extensive Hur report had been provided, with Hur testifying for more than five hours. Special Counsel Hur recommended no criminal charges against Biden, citing insufficient evidence.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the radical left is trying to shield their own from accountability. The House's decision to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt is a necessary step to expose the truth that the Democrats want to bury. They refuse to release the audio of Biden's interview because they know it will reveal the corruption and double standards within their ranks. The Justice Department, under Garland, is blatantly protecting Biden while prosecuting Trump for similar charges. This is nothing but a political maneuver to keep the liberal elites untouchable while they weaponize the justice system against conservatives. The public deserves transparency, but the Democrats and their media lapdogs will do everything in their power to keep the truth hidden. The contempt vote is a bold move to demand accountability and expose the hypocrisy of the left. It's time to hold these liberal cronies responsible for their actions and stop them from using executive privilege as a shield for their corruption.

Liberal Bias:

The Republican-controlled House has once again shown its true colors by pushing a politically motivated contempt vote against Attorney General Merrick Garland. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues and undermine the Justice Department's integrity. The GOP is obsessed with creating a scandal around President Biden while ignoring the actual crimes of Donald Trump. Garland has provided extensive information, yet the Republicans are determined to waste time and resources on a baseless witch hunt. Their actions are not about oversight but about scoring cheap political points and appeasing their far-right base. The contempt vote is a sham, driven by partisan agendas and a blatant disregard for the constitutional separation of powers. Instead of focusing on governance, the Republicans are fixated on their vendetta against Biden, all while ignoring the serious charges against Trump and the corruption within their own ranks. This is a dark day for democracy, as the GOP continues to erode trust in our institutions for their selfish gains.|

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