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AG Garland REFUSES Subpoena: House Moves to Hold in Contempt


House members aren’t messing around anymore when it comes to accountability.

They’re preparing to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for refusing to cooperate with a subpoena.

What a surprise.

The House Oversight Committee demanded audio files from a special counsel interview with Biden, but Garland said no dice.

That rat loves to drag his feet when truth is demanded from him.

Now, Rep. James Comer is taking action to push through a contempt citation.

Washington Examiner reports:

The House Oversight Committee is considering moving to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress.

Garland refused to provide audio files of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s interview with President Joe Biden despite a subpoena from the committee. In response, House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) is moving to hold him in contempt of Congress.

“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,” Comer wrote.

“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,” he added. “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.”

The markup for the resolution to hold Garland in contempt of court will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Washington Examiner previously exclusively reported that the House Judiciary Committee was aiming to hold Garland in contempt of Congress.

AP News adds:

Republicans — led by Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and James Comer of Kentucky — had ordered the department to turn over audio of Hur’s interviews with Biden by early April. But the Justice Department only turned over some of the records, excluding the audio interview with the president. They warned of the precedent that would be set for future investigations if the audio was provided.

Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte, the department’s head of congressional affairs, said in the letter to Jordan and Comer last month that the committees’ interest in these records may not be “in service of legitimate oversight or investigatory functions, but to serve political purposes that should have no role in the treatment of law enforcement files.

Comer dismissed that rationale, saying in response that the Biden administration “does not get to determine what Congress needs and does not need for its oversight of the executive branch.”

Contempt charges would require majority support in committee and then the support of the full House before a referral would be sent to the Justice Department. Should the House hold Garland in contempt, it is unlikely that the Justice Department — which Garland oversees — would prosecute him.

The last time an attorney general was held in contempt was 2012. That was when the GOP-controlled House voted to make then-Attorney General Eric Holder the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the gun-running operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

The Justice Department took no action against Holder.

The special counsel in Biden’s case, Hur, spent a year investigating the president’s improper retention of classified documents, from his time as a senator and as vice president. The result was a 345-page report that questioned Biden’s age and mental competence but recommended no criminal charges for the 81-year-old. Hur said he found insufficient evidence to successfully prosecute a case in court.

There’s a rumor swirling that Merrick has already been dealt with and that the DS is using a body double.

With D.C.’s ties to Hollywood, I wouldn’t be surprised. Hollywood can make anyone look like anyone.



 

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