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Mon May 6, 2024, 04:46 PM May 6

House Republicans plan to move forward with contempt against Attorney General Merrick Garland [View all]

Source: NBC News

May 6, 2024, 4:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee plans to prepare a resolution to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over the audio of President Joe Biden’s interview with former special counsel Robert Hur, a source familiar with the committee’s plans confirms to NBC News.

The committee is currently planning to hold a "markup" for the contempt resolution on May 16, after which the panel could vote to refer the issue to the full House for a vote.

Biden sat for a lengthy interview with Hur as part of the then-special counsel’s investigation into the president's handling of classified documents. In his final report, Hur decided against pursuing charges against Biden but described the president as an “elderly man with a poor memory” who would be sympathetic to a jury, infuriating the White House and Biden's allies.

House Republicans have repeatedly pressed the Justice Department for the audio of the interview, but those requests have been denied. DOJ provided the committees conducting the impeachment inquiry into Biden a full transcript of his interview and said Republicans haven't explained why the audio is necessary, accusing them of seeking investigative material to "serve political purposes that should have no role in the treatment of law enforcement files."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-republicans-plan-move-forward-contempt-attorney-general-merrick-rcna150937

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