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Congress Threatens Garland With Contempt

Two of the committees in the House of Representatives investigating Joe Biden are finished with Attorney General Merrick Garland doing his best to hide details about the president’s audio testimony with Special Counsel Robert Hur. 

Earlier in the year, Hur claimed that Biden struggled with his memory, which sparked massive concern in the White House and saw Biden deliver an angry, impromptu press conference in which he allegedly lied to the American people about the state of his memory. 

The Washington Examiner writes that Garland has an April 8 deadline to provide the complete documentation the House has requested or face contempt charges. 

Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, according to a letter they wrote to Garland, that the material the Department of Justice had provided to them so far in response to a subpoena was “insufficient” and “inadequate.”

“If you fail to do so, then Committees will consider taking further action, such as the invocation of contempt of Congress proceedings,” the Republicans wrote.

Comer and Jordan, the chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, respectively, initially asked for several items related to Hur’s investigation of Biden’s handling of classified documents. Those materials included a transcript of an interview Hur conducted with Biden last October, as well as audio recordings of the interview and audio recordings of conversations between Biden and the ghostwriter of his memoir.

Comer and Jordan received a redacted version of the transcript from the DOJ, which House Judiciary Committee Democrats have since made public, but the two Republicans are also seeking an unredacted version in addition to the audio recordings.

The move by Garland could be an attempt to get on the good side of the president. The president has blamed his attorney general for not doing more to protect him from investigations

Politico wrote in February that “Joe Biden has told aides and outside advisers that Attorney General Merrick Garland did not do enough to rein in a special counsel report stating that the president had diminished mental faculties, according to two people close to the president, as White House frustration with the head of the Justice Department grows.”

“The Attorney General released Mr. Hur’s report to Congress and made no redactions or changes, the Department provided documents to Congress including a copy of the President’s interview transcript, and Mr. Hur testified before Congress for more than five hours,” a Department of Justice spokesperson said in response to the two committees.

“Given the Department’s ongoing and extensive cooperation, we hope they will reconsider this unnecessary escalation.”

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  1. So, the one time Garland slips up and actually provides transparency [E.g. The unredacted Hur report] the Biden Administration blasts him. Joe promised the most transparent government ever. Add that to long list of lies.

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