GOP brings Garland contempt case to court as DOJ rejects charges

by ian

House Republicans are planning to file their contempt case against Attorney General Merrick Garland in federal court. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced the move on Friday after the DOJ rejected the House’s criminal referral against Garland for defying a Congressional subpoena.

The DOJ said:

Consistent with this longstanding position and uniform practice, the Department has determined that the responses by Attorney General Garland to the subpoenas issued by the Committees did not constitute a crime, and accordingly the Department will not bring the congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said the DOJ’s response was far from surprising.

Speaker Johnson accused the DOJ of creating a “two-tiered system of justice,” pointing out that Trump allies Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro were prosecuted for the same charges.