Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 14, 2024

House Holds AG Merrick Garland In Contempt Over Biden Audio

Attorney General Merrick Garland is now the third attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress.

House Republicans voted to hold Garland in contempt for not releasing the audio of President Biden's special counsel interview.

According to Daily Mail, the resolution passed 216 to 207, with Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio as the sole Republican opposing it. Robert Hur conducted the interview, in which Biden was described as appearing 'elderly' and showing signs of 'poor memory.'

Garland Faces Possible Prosecution

This contempt charge could lead to Garland's prosecution, potentially drawing fines up to $100,000 and imprisonment of one to twelve months. However, the Department of Justice, under which Garland serves, is highly unlikely to pursue these charges.

The Office of Legal Counsel has noted that no U.S. attorney has ever pursued contempt charges against an official claiming executive privilege. President Biden has asserted executive privilege over the audio, complicating matters further.

Partisan Reactions Reflect Deep Divides

Garland expressed disappointment over the House's vote, criticizing it for partisan motives. He emphasized the Justice Department's need to protect its investigations and the substantial information already provided to the committees.

Rep. Dave Joyce opposed the resolution and argued that the action would further politicize the judicial system.

Republicans, including Oversight Chair James Comer, argue that the White House waived privilege by releasing the transcript of the interview despite asserting privilege over the recordings.

DOJ Warns Against Speculation

Carlos Uriarte of the DOJ warned that the Committee's claims could endanger DOJ officials. He highlighted that accusations without evidence undermine the justice system and increase threats against law enforcement officials.

Uriarte also assured that there was no coordination between the DOJ leadership and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office regarding the prosecution of Trump.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo have been called to testify before House Republicans on July 12. Republicans suspect Colangelo's move from the DOJ to Bragg's office of potential collusion against Trump.

Historical Significance and Broader Implications

Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo commented that Colangelo's move suggests targeting Trump specifically. Colangelo had previously investigated Trump's 2016 campaign and charity, even deposing Eric Trump during a business investigation.

In conclusion, the House's decision to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt has broadened the partisan divide, highlighting significant legal, political, and administrative ramifications. The matter intensifies debates about executive privilege, congressional authority, and the conduct of justice, reflecting the high stakes and polarized environment in current U.S. governance.

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