House Republicans file lawsuit to obtain audio of Biden's interview with Robert Hur

 July 2, 2024

In the wake of President Joe Biden's humiliating debate that finally showed the world how incompetent he truly is at his age, the push to release the audio transcript of Biden's interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur was boosted.

House Republicans have fought hard to obtain the recordings, which were part of the investigation into Biden's classified documents probe, which he skated away from.

While Attorney General Merrick Garland has refused to release the tapes, even having Biden invoke executive privilege over them, Republicans aren't done yet.

According to the Associated Press, House Republicans are now suing AG Garland for the release of the tapes, and the battle is heating up.

What's going on?

The House Republicans behind the lawsuit want the courts to authorize the release of the audio recordings, which many believe will be incredibly damning for the elderly, often-confused, gaffe-prone president.

Though Republicans have subpoenaed the materials, Garland has refused to turn over anything other than some of the written transcripts. House Judiciary Committee Republicans want more, like most Americans.

"The audio recordings, not the cold transcripts, are the best available evidence of how President Biden presented himself during the interview," the lawsuit reads.

It added, "The Committee thus needs those recordings to assess the Special Counsel’s characterization of the President, which he and White House lawyers have forcefully disputed, and ultimate recommendation that President Biden should not be prosecuted."

The AP noted:

The lawsuit states that Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) made a “last-ditch effort” last week to Garland to resolve the issue without taking legal action but the attorney general referred the Republicans to the White House, which rebuffed the “effort to find a solution to this impasse.”

Republicans argue that the transcript with Hur is one of the best pieces of evidence to assess the president's cognitive state.

Jim Jordan wants the audio

Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) led the legal efforts to obtain the recordings, noting why it's so important that Congress receive them for review.

"We need the audio recordings and the transcripts," Jordan said during a recent hearing.

He added, "Put simply, they are the best evidence of the president’s mental state."

While Garland is protected for now, depending on what the courts do and what level it goes to, he may lose that protection at some point in the future.

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