Biden DOJ Laughs Off Contempt Charges

A document from President Biden’s DOJ this week stated that AG Garland is immune from prosecution due to Biden’s exercise of executive privilege.

The release of the memo coincided, somewhat ironically, with the House of Representatives’ much-awaited vote to find Garland in contempt for not turning over documents linked to Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s deliberate mishandling of classified material.

Republicans wanted access to the audio recordings of the Hur interview with Biden, claiming that the written transcripts that Garland had provided were insufficient. Hur had disclosed that Biden had “bad recall” and suffered from mental lapses during the interview.

On February 27, 2024, Garland got subpoenas from the US House for documents, including audio tapes that Garland insisted on keeping private.

Despite the subpoenas, Garland refused to hand over the records.

The Biden administration persisted in its push to weaken Congress’s authority for constitutional supervision. Prior to the marking up of the contempt resolutions by the Oversight and Judiciary Committees marking up the contempt resolutions on May 16, Biden claimed executive privilege over the recordings.

A few weeks later, the House found Garland in contempt of Congress with a vote of 216 to 207, with only one Republican voting against the motion.

Given the memo, Biden administration prosecutors almost certainly will ignore the contempt charge, which is essentially a recommendation to U.S. attorneys.

The letter states, “The requirements stated for the recordings are manifestly insufficient to satisfy a privilege claim predicated in these key separation of powers concerns,” because the committees have access to the transcripts of the special counsel’s interviews.

Republicans rejected it.

Rep. Gary Palmer refused widely accepted DNC arguments for retaining the audio tapes, saying that Garland’s refusal to hand them over “raises serious doubts about President Biden’s mental ability to act as President.”

He said, “The White House angrily contradicted Special Counsel Hur’s portrayal of President Biden as the sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly guy with a weak memory.'” “Since the inquiry into Biden’s improper handling of sensitive documents has concluded, Biden is not in danger of facing legal action. AG Garland’s willingness to face charges of contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with the subpoena and produce the interview recording is inexplicable, especially in light of the release of the written, unedited transcript.

“There is no doubt that Garland’s willingness to be found in contempt of Congress and have his record tainted raises questions about President Biden’s ability to perform his job as president.”

Author: Steven Sinclaire

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