AG Merrick Garland held in contempt of Congress

by ian

House Republicans have voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in Contempt of Congress.

Yesterday’s resolution passed largely along party lines, 216-207, with only one Republican voting against it.  For months, Garland has refused to hand over audio tapes of President Joe Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur about alleged mishandling of classified documents.

Before the vote, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) accused Garland of openly defying Congress.

Hur ultimately decided not to charge Biden, saying a jury would likely find him to be a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Garland has since released a transcript of Biden’s interview, but Republicans say that’s not enough.

Garland condemned the vote as a “partisan weapon.” He now theoretically faces up to a year in prison and $100,000 fines. But it’s highly unlikely the DOJ will take up a case against him even though Trump allies Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro have been prosecuted for the same thing. Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene is calling it a clear double standard.

Garland is now the third AG in American history to be held in contempt of Congress, following Bill Bar in 2019, and Eric Holder in 2012.