AG Garland held in contempt of Congress for refusing to release audio of Biden's interview with Robert Hur

 May 17, 2024

There's good reason why Congress and Americans wanted to hear the transcript of President Joe Biden's deposition with Special Counsel Robert Hur.

And there's undoubtedly a good reason -- though for far different reasons -- why U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland denied the release of the recording.

That action prompted House Judiciary Committee Republicans to take a vote to hold Garland in contempt of Congress for blocking the release of the tapes.

The contempt vote also came in the wake of President Biden asserting executive privilege over the audio recordings which immediately shielded Garland from potential criminal charges.

"Extraordinary lengths"

Republicans, and any informed and reasonable U.S. citizen, were especially interested in the tapes as they seem to prove once and for all that Biden has lost more than a few steps, cognitively speaking, which raises serious national security concerns.

Garland argued that he has provided the GOP-led Judiciary Committee with all the information they need, saying he's gone to "extraordinary lengths" to do so. He also doubled down on his assertion that the request for the audio tapes was not "legitimate."

"We have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that a committees get responses to their legitimate requests, but this is not one," Garland said before the contempt vote.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also took a shot at Republicans for requesting the audio files.

"The Attorney General made it clear that law enforcement files like these need to be protected. And so the president made his determination at the request of the Attorney General," she said at a press briefing.

Protecting the president?

Social media users reacted to the news of the contempt vote.

"If Biden is to feeble to be tried,he is to feeble to be president," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "Won’t prosecute him because he’s old but allows him to continue running the country know if that is in a catch 22 I don’t know what is."

Only time will tell if the audio tapes are ever leaked. America deserves to hear them, that's for sure.

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