House to hold Merrick Garland contempt vote Wednesday

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House GOP meets connected Garland contempt ballot

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Washington — House Majority Leader Steve Scalise confirmed nan House will ballot Wednesday connected holding Attorney General Merrick Garland successful contempt of Congress, escalating a conflict complete audio recordings related to President Biden's handling of classified documents. 

The Justice Department has defied subpoenas from nan Republican-led House Judiciary and Oversight committees, who person demanded that Garland move complete audio recordings of nan typical counsel Robert Hur's question and reply pinch nan president and his ghostwriter arsenic portion of their impeachment inquiry. 

Hur, who was appointed by Garland, interviewed Mr. Biden successful October 2023 arsenic portion of his investigation into nan president's handling of classified documents aft he served arsenic vice president. 

After nan president asserted executive privilege complete nan signaling successful May, nan committees voted on party-lines to urge Garland beryllium held successful contempt

Congress has transcripts of nan interviews, but Republicans opportunity nan audio recordings are needed because nan transcripts whitethorn person been altered. 

"If nan audio doesn't lucifer nan transcript, past what are nan differences and why?" Scalise said Tuesday, "That's what we request to find retired arsenic portion of our inquiry." 

The Justice Department said disclosure of nan recordings could person a chilling effect connected witnesser practice successful early high-profile investigations. 

If nan solution passes, it would nonstop nan House speaker to mention nan lawsuit to nan U.S. Attorney for nan District of Columbia for imaginable criminal prosecution.  

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  • Classified Documents
  • Joe Biden
  • United States Department of Justice
  • Merrick Garland

Caitlin Yilek

Caitlin Yilek is simply a authorities newsman astatine CBSNews.com, based successful Washington, D.C. She antecedently worked for nan Washington Examiner and The Hill, and was a personnel of nan 2022 Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship pinch nan National Press Foundation.


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