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The Lower House announces contempt charges against the attorney general for hiding Biden tapes

2024-06-14T13:01:56+00:00
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  • House Announces Contempt Charges Against Attorney General Over Biden Tapes
  • The Lower House Discloses Hidden Evidence
  • Why Was This Decision Made?

On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives, which holds a Republican majority, passed a resolution.

It declares Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for refusing to release recordings of President Joe Biden in a case involving mishandling of classified documents.

The resolution, passed by a vote of 216 in favor and 207 against, represents a new step in the Republican Party’s strategy.

It is believed to be aimed at increasing pressure on the Democratic administration amid the presidential election campaign scheduled for November 5.

Contempt confirmed against Attorney General for failing to present evidence against Biden

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In February, Special Counsel Robert Hur declined to prosecute Biden for mishandling classified documents from his time as vice president (2009-2017).

Although a harsh report questioned Biden’s memory and mental abilities.

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In response, Republicans requested the recordings of the interrogations Hur conducted with Biden, but the Department of Justice refused to release them.

The Speaker of the House, Republican Mike Johnson, defended declaring Garland in contempt this Wednesday.

How did hreach the decision to hold the attorney general in contempt?

Hur made the decision because he finds it intolerable for the Department of Justice and the Executive Branch to «hide information from Congress.»

Following the vote result, Attorney General Garland, appointed by Biden in 2021, issued a statement saying:

«It is deeply disappointing that the House of Representatives has turned a serious congressional authority into a partisan weapon.»

«Today’s vote disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the need for the Department of Justice to protect its investigations, and the substantial amount of information we have provided to committees,» stated Garland.

What did the officials say?

The Department of Justice has thus far justified itself by disclosing a transcript of the content of Biden’s interrogation.

The Democratic minority in the Lower House accuses Republicans of seeking the recording to distort it for political and electoral purposes.

Garland is the third U.S. attorney in history declared in contempt by Congress, but he is unlikely to be prosecuted because the Department of Justice must later decide whether to pursue it, and he leads that cabinet.

CNN has also sued the Administration to access the recording of Biden’s interrogation.

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