Contempt citation for Attorney General Merrick Garland getting closer

 May 13, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Insisting that there have to be consequences for refusing to cooperate with a subpoena from Congress, House members are moving toward holding Joe Biden's attorney general, Merrick Garland, in contempt.

The Washington Examiner said the move is coming from the House Oversight Committee, which subpoenaed Garland for the audio files of special counsel Robert Hur's interview with Biden.

Garland refused.

And Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., now is moving toward a contempt citation.

Comer has written, "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.

"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. 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.”

Resolution markup work is scheduled for Thursday.

The Examiner previously reported that the House Judiciary Committee also is aiming to hold Garland in contempt, a process that if he is convicted could see him sent to jail.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., has also announced her own resolution to hold Garland accountable, in this case in inherent contempt, which differs from the judiciary proceeding.

WND previously reported the substance of Hur's investigation into Joe Biden's decision to take and keep classified government documents to which he was not entitled long has been known.

Biden likely violated the law, but Hur recommended against charges because of Biden's "diminished" capabilities.

But Congress has wanted more details, specifically the audio recordings of Hur's interview with Biden in which Biden forgot key dates and events.

And Garland has refused, prompting Congress to set out a path to hold him in contempt.

Hur's investigation concluded that Biden mishandled classified documents from his time as senator and vice president. Biden even gave some of that classified information to a ghostwriter.

But Hur found Biden realistically could present to the jury a reasonable doubt because he could be seen as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

In contrast, the Biden administration has leveled a long list of felonies against President Trump for keeping papers from his own time in the Oval Office, despite reports that the government itself sent those documents to Trump's home, and the prosecutor's admission that investigators altered the evidence in the case.

The audio recordings of Biden could shed more light on Biden's mental fitness, or incapacities, as the case may be.

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