Republicans Drop Calls For Garland’s Arrest, Devise New Penalty

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( – Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) has proposed that rather than attempting to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in custody until he complies with the Congressional request for the audio interview of President Biden, they should pass her resolution which would fine him $10,000 for each day until he complies. 

As Luna argued, her resolution which was filed on Friday is a better way of handling this and should become standard practice for those who are looking to undermine Congress. The resolution comes after the Republican pushback against her earlier proposal that would have Garland detained and had led to questions about how such a move would work logistically. It is also not yet clear how this new resolution would be enforceable. 

However, at the same time, the House Republicans have been looking for a new way to force Garland to comply with the subpoena. The House Judiciary Committee on Monday filed a lawsuit that would force Garland to hand over the tapes in question.

Still, in her post on X, Luna argued that they should not wait for a lawsuit that could require years, as this is a national security concern. This is a reference to special counsel Robert Hur’s report in which he claimed that President Biden had memory issues. The special counsel argued that if the classified documents case was brought to court any jury would find Biden to be an “elderly man with poor memory.” His assessment was based on parts during the interview when Biden allegedly had issues with remembering certain arguments or dates. 

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