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“House to Vote on Contempt Charges Against AG Merrick Garland Over Biden Document Inquiry”

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise announced that the House will vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress. This decision intensifies the conflict over audio recordings related to President Biden’s handling of classified documents.

The Justice Department has ignored subpoenas from the Republican-led House Judiciary and Oversight committees, which have demanded that Garland provide audio recordings of special counsel Robert Hur’s interview with President Biden and his ghostwriter. This request is part of their impeachment inquiry.

Robert Hur, appointed by Garland, interviewed President Biden in October 2023 to investigate how he handled classified documents after his vice presidency.

In May, President Biden asserted executive privilege over the recordings. Following this, the committees voted along party lines to recommend holding Garland in contempt.

Although Congress has transcripts of the interviews, Republicans insist on obtaining the audio recordings, arguing that the transcripts might have been altered.

“If the audio doesn’t match the transcript, then what are the differences and why?” Scalise stated on Tuesday. “That’s what we need to find out as part of our inquiry.”

The Justice Department has expressed concern that releasing the recordings could discourage witness cooperation in future high-profile investigations.

If the resolution passes, it would instruct the House Speaker to refer the case to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for potential criminal prosecution.

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