Rep. Luna moving forward with plan to force vote to hold Garland in 'inherent contempt' on Wednesday

Luna has described inherent contempt as a way to show how serious Congress is about compliance from cabinet officials.

Published: July 10, 2024 8:19am

Updated: July 10, 2024 8:21am

Florida GOP Rep. Anna Paulina Luna said she intends to move forward with her plan to force a House floor vote to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in "inherent contempt" on Wednesday.

"Democrats can vote with us! Get us the tapes! Tomorrow we will bring the vote on inherent contempt to the floor!" she wrote Tuesday on X in response to a post about House Democrats lacking a consensus on whether President Biden should remain in the presidential race.

It is unclear what time Luna is expected to force the vote. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has reportedly encouraged Luna to hold off temporarily. 

A vote to hold a cabinet member in inherent contempt has not taken place in nearly a century. 

Luna has described inherent contempt as a way to demonstrate how serious Congress is about compliance from cabinet officials.

"Under inherent contempt, the individual is brought before the bar of the House by the Sergeant at Arms, tried by the body, and can then be detained either in the Capitol or in D.C.," Luna wrote. "This process demonstrates the seriousness with which Congress views non-compliance and the potential consequences for those who refuse to cooperate."

The GOP-led House voted 216-207 in June to hold Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide Congress with the audio recording of special counsel Robert Hur's interview with Biden for his classified documents investigation.

Hur concluded in his report that "Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." Hur did not pursue charges against Biden. 

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