GOP Reps Threaten to Hold Attorney General in Contempt 


The conflict underscores deep partisan divides and raises questions about accountability in government….reports Asian Lite News

House Republicans have escalated tensions with Attorney General Merrick Garland, threatening contempt of Congress if he doesn’t provide unredacted materials regarding President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents.

In a letter on Monday — obtained by AP — Representatives James Comer and Jim Jordan demanded compliance with a subpoena sent last month as part of their investigation into Special Counsel Robert Hur’s decision not to charge President Biden.

Comer, chair of the Oversight Committee, and Jordan, chair of the Judiciary Committee, issued an ultimatum for the Justice Department to submit unredacted audio and transcripts of Hur’s lengthy interviews with Biden and his ghostwriter by April 8. Failure to comply could lead to contempt proceedings, they warned.

This confrontation marks the latest clash between Republicans and Garland, who recently faced intense scrutiny over his report questioning Biden’s age and mental competence, yet recommending no criminal charges due to insufficient evidence.

Hur staunchly defended his findings, insisting he presented the evidence accurately without unfairly disparaging the president. However, his report drew criticism from both sides of the aisle for its commentary and the decision not to press charges against Biden.

Amidst mounting pressure, the Justice Department released a redacted transcript just hours before Hur’s testimony, providing a nuanced perspective on the yearlong investigation, but leaving questions unanswered.

Republicans, including Comer and Jordan, argued a double standard, alleging Biden’s favorable treatment contrasted with Trump’s prosecution over similar mishandling of classified documents. Representative Tom McClintock branded it a glaring inconsistency, pointing out that Trump faced charges for actions that Biden also committed.

However, there are crucial distinctions between the cases. Biden promptly returned the documents and cooperated with investigations, whereas Trump allegedly sought to conceal evidence with the aid of aides and lawyers, raising suspicions of obstruction.

The conflict underscores deep partisan divides and raises questions about accountability in government. As the standoff continues, it reflects broader tensions surrounding the handling of sensitive information and the perceived fairness of justice system proceedings.

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