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House Oversight Committee moving to hold Garland in contempt

A markup on the resolution is scheduled for Thursday

Published: May 13, 2024 4:00pm

Updated: May 13, 2024 4:03pm

House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer announced a markup on Monday to to consider holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress over his failure to comply with subpoena.

A markup on the contempt resolution is scheduled for Thursday.

Comer’s office said that the House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee had issued subpoenas to Attorney General Garland on Feb. 27 “for records, including transcripts, notes, video, and audio files, related to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation of President Joe Biden’s willful mishandling of classified information.”

Garland still hasn’t provided the audio files of President Biden’s interview with the Special Counsel, according to Comer’s office.

“The House Oversight and Judiciary Committees issued lawful subpoenas to Attorney General Garland for the audio recordings of President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Hur, yet he continues to defy our subpoenas,” said Comer in a statement. 

“These audio recordings are important to our investigation of President Biden’s willful retention of classified documents and his fitness to be President of the United States. There must be consequences for refusing to comply with lawful congressional subpoenas and we will move to hold Attorney General Garland in contempt of Congress.”

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