GOP congresswoman plans to seek AG's arrest with inherent contempt motion

 June 14, 2024

The House of Representatives voted this week to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for refusing to supply video footage of President Joe Biden's deposition with Special Counsel Robert Hur.

While lawmakers referred Garland to the Department of Justice for prosecution, has another plan to get him arrested. 

Inherent contempt motion would empower House sergeant at arms

According to Fox News, Florida Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna is planning to bring forward what is known as an inherent contempt motion.

The network explained how a standard contempt motion depends on the DOJ to bring prosecution, an inherent contempt motion empowers the House sergeant at arms to arrest the subject.

Luna discussed her plan during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News, saying, "As of right now, we fully intend to bring it. I don't really have much faith in the Department of Justice. And I don't think the American people do either."

"But we are trying to bring back a level playing field and show that, you know, there should be accountability all the way up to the top," she added.

DOJ cites danger posed by deep fake technology

"Inherent contempt of Congress hasn't been done since early [the] 1900s. And before that, it was a pretty common practice," the lawmaker pointed out.

"I think that when you explain to people what inherent contempt of Congress is and when they see that subpoenas are being ignored, and that there seems to be a two-tiered justice system — which we're seeing nationally, every single person…is realizing that — I think that they will understand," Luna asserted.

As Fox News reported, the DOJ argued in a federal court filing late last month that it should not have to release footage of Biden speaking with Hur due to the threat posed by deep fake technology.

"The passage of time and advancements in audio, artificial intelligence, and ‘deep fake’ technologies only amplify concerns about malicious manipulation of audio files," the filing read.

Republicans say DOJ is working to protect Biden

"If the audio recording is released here, it is easy to foresee that it could be improperly altered, and that the altered file could be passed off as an authentic recording and widely distributed," it added.

However, many Republicans contend that the DOJ is actually attempting to protect the president from embarrassment ahead of this year's election.

Hur described Biden in his report as an "elderly man with a poor memory" who struggled to remember when he took office or the year his son died.

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