Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 24, 2024

Merrick Garland Faces Backlash Over Document Scandal

Outrage has erupted amongst voters over Attorney General Merrick Garland's refusal to release President Joe Biden's interview recordings tied to his classified document scandal.

According to the Washington Examiner, Attorney General Merrick Garland's refusal to disclose President Joe Biden's interview recordings concerning his classified document scandal has stirred widespread voter dissatisfaction. This has resulted in a contempt of Congress charge and calls for Garland’s imprisonment.

Survey Highlights Bipartisan Discontent

A recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports reveals significant public opinion on the matter. By a margin of 47%-31%, respondents believe Garland is guilty of the contempt charge.

Moreover, the survey indicates that 44% of voters think Garland should face imprisonment for his refusal to release the recordings. In contrast, 35% oppose this sentiment.

This issue transcends party lines. 62% of Republicans advocate for Garland’s removal from office and subsequent imprisonment. Furthermore, 34% of Democrats and 37% of unaffiliated voters share this view.

Contempt Charge and Previous Precedents

The House of Representatives recently voted to hold Garland in contempt for his refusal to comply with the release of Biden’s interview recordings. This action is reminiscent of previous contempt of Congress decisions that resulted in jailing former Trump advisers Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro.

Special counsel Robert Hur was responsible for interviewing President Biden about allegations of taking classified documents when leaving the White House. Hur decided against prosecuting Biden, citing concerns over a jury’s predisposition to sympathize with Biden due to his supposed mental state.

Hur's report described Biden as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," which would likely lead to reasonable doubt in jurors' minds.

Rasmussen Analysis and Public Opinion

Rasmussen’s analysis underscores the partisan nature of the public’s opinion. "Sixty-two percent of Republicans say Garland should be removed from office and sent to jail for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas," while 34% of Democrats and 37% of voters not affiliated with either major party share this opinion.

These findings highlight a significant division among the American electorate. Republicans, in particular, appear motivated by past instances where advisers to former President Donald Trump faced similar legal repercussions.

Special Counsel’s Dilemmas and Decisions

Special counsel Robert Hur’s decision not to pursue charges against President Biden adds another layer to this complex narrative. Hur pointed to Biden’s portrayal during interviews as an elder statesman suffering from memory issues as a probable factor in the outcome of any potential trial.

Hur’s report suggests jurors would likely empathize with Biden, finding it easy to develop reasonable doubt regarding his culpability. This likely influenced Hur’s ultimate judgment to refrain from moving forward with prosecution.


Attorney General Merrick Garland's refusal to release President Joe Biden's interview recordings has resulted in a contempt of Congress charge amid bipartisan calls for his imprisonment. Survey data reveal significant public dissatisfaction, particularly among Republicans, influenced by past decisions involving Trump aides. Special counsel Robert Hur’s decision not to prosecute Biden highlights concerns over potential jury sympathy due to Biden’s perceived mental state.

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