House Republicans Double Down On AG Garland

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( – Two House Committees have decided to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress following a vote. 

Republicans in the House haven’t been too pleased with Garland after he repeatedly refused to provide an audiotape of the transcribed interview between Special Counsel Robert Hur and President Joe Biden about classified documents. 

Although Garland released the transcript of the interview, he has been reluctant to accommodate several House committee requests for the audio. 

House Republicans have wanted the audio recording of the interview because of a comment Hur made about his decision not to pursue charges against Biden. 

Hur indicated that a jury might view the President as elderly and forgetful and would 

Hur’s comments only bolstered claims Republicans make about Biden’s lacking mental faculties, which they attribute to his age. 

Republicans believe the audio recording will confirm these suspicions and reveal that Biden is, in fact, a feeble chief executive who doesn’t have control of his faculties. 

If that’s the case, the GOP could use the tape to prove to voters what they’ve hypothesized is correct, salvaging Biden’s election campaign in the process. 

Garland’s refusal to hand over the tape has led to the Republican-led House Judiciary and Oversight Committees voting to hold him in contempt. 

However, Republicans, despite having 218 seats to the Democrats’ 213 in the full House, may not have the votes to hold Garland in contempt. 

Even if the GOP has the votes in the House, it’s unlikely anything will happen as a result of a vote to hold Garland in contempt, as the Department of Justice would not prosecute its Attorney General. 

They may be able to pursue “inherent contempt,” which gives Congress the power to arrest, discipline, or hold someone afoul without relying on another branch of Government.

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