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House GOPers moving forward with contempt charges against AG Garland over Biden tapes

The House Oversight Committee introduced Monday it can transfer forward with contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Merrick Garland over his refusal to conform with a subpoena for audio recordings of President Biden’s interview with former Special Counsel Robert Hur. 

Hur investigated the 81-year-old president’s dealing with of categorised paperwork, and launched transcripts of the pair’s interplay revealed the president confused key dates through the sitdowns.

The Republican-controlled panel will maintain a listening to May 16 wherein members can debate and take into account including amendments to the contempt decision earlier than recommending the measure to the total House of Representatives for a vote. 

“The House Oversight and Judiciary Committees issued lawful subpoenas to Attorney General Garland for the audio recordings of President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Hur, yet he continues to defy our subpoenas,” House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) mentioned in a press release.

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House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) will head a listening to on contempt charges against Attorney General Merrick Garland on May 16. Getty Images

A subpoena was issued against Garland on Feb. 27 for transcripts, notes, video, and audio recordsdata associated to Hur’s probe.

The Justice Department has supplied Congress with a transcript of Hur’s Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 interviews with Biden, which confirmed the president forgetting things like the yr his son Beau died of mind most cancers and the yr Donald Trump was elected president. 

The lawyer normal has refused to offer lawmakers with audio tapes of the prolonged interviews, with the DOJ fearing that they are going to be used to attain political factors.

“These audio recordings are important to our investigation of President Biden’s willful retention of classified documents and his fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer mentioned. “There must be consequences for refusing to comply with lawful congressional subpoenas and we will move to hold Attorney General Garland in contempt of Congress.” 

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Garland has refused to conform with a subpoena for audio recordings of Biden’s interview with former Special Counsel Robert Hur. REUTERS

Hur, a former Trump-appointed US lawyer for the District of Maryland, submitted his findings about Biden’s dealing with of categorised info in early February. 

His 388-page bombshell report famous there was proof that the commander in chief  “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,” however his workforce concluded there wasn’t sufficient to show it “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Hur additionally expressed concern {that a} jury would understand the oldest president in US historical past as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

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