Contempt Proceedings Set To Begin

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( – The House Judiciary Committee is on the verge of launching contempt of Congress proceedings against US Attorney General Merrick Garland due to a dispute over access to recordings from Special Counsel Robert Hur’s probe into President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.

There appears to be no resolution in the ongoing negotiations between House Republicans and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the release of the audio files to legislators.

A source disclosed to The Daily Wire that preparations are underway for a markup on May 16.

House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently sent a communication to Garland, providing him with an additional ten days to fully adhere to the subpoenas issued in February or otherwise face contempt of Congress proceedings.

“Your response to the subpoenas remains inadequate, suggesting that you are withholding records for partisan purposes and to avoid political embarrassment for President Biden,” they stated in a letter dated April 15, as per a document seen by The Daily Caller.

The congressmen declared that they would be compelled to initiate contempt of Congress proceedings unless they were granted access to the audio recordings of Hur’s interviews with Biden and with Biden’s ghostwriter, Mark Zwonitzer.

They set a firm deadline, insisting on the delivery of all pertinent materials no later than noon on April 25, 2024.

Previously, the chairmen had set an April 8 deadline, after which they threatened to escalate their actions, potentially including the initiation of contempt proceedings, if there was not complete compliance.

On April 8, Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte responded, suggesting that the transcripts from the two-day interview with Biden, which had already been provided, should suffice. The DOJ also delivered a transcript of Hur’s interview with Zwonitzer.

The DOJ expressed concerns regarding the demands for information they considered redundant to what had already been provided, pointing out that the lawmakers’ request seemed driven by political motives rather than genuine oversight or investigative purposes, Uriarte elaborated.

Hur’s report, released in February, criticized Biden’s handling of classified documents after leaving office, although the prosecutor did not recommend filing charges.

The report portrayed Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” unlikely to be convicted by a jury for a serious felony requiring intentional misconduct.

Hur also noted that Zwonitzer had erased recordings of his discussions with Biden after becoming aware of the documents investigation.

Nonetheless, the ghostwriter offered credible, benign explanations for his actions, leading Hur to conclude that the evidence was insufficient to pursue charges of obstruction of justice.

The White House and Biden have countered Hur’s depictions in his report, but Garland maintained it would have been “absurd” for him to have modified or suppressed the special counsel’s findings.

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