US Attorney General Merrick Garland held in contempt of US House of Representatives, but DOJ won’t take it any farther

June 19 — When President Joe Biden sat down with Special counsel Robert Hur in the beginning of this year for his handling of classified documents, the interviews were recorded. 

Hur declined to charge the president because he determined Biden would look like an “elderly man with a poor memory” and it would be quite sympathetic to a jury. 

Since then, a number of lawmakers have asked to hear the tapes. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the tapes are protected by executive privilege and won’t release them. 

The US House of Representatives last week held Garland in contempt of Congress. 

Last Friday, the Department of Justice said they will not take the issue any further. 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out that Garland “refuses to turn over what they’re asking for. To which Pat would say, it’s mine. We paid for it, the tapes of Joe Biden talking to Hur, the special prosecutor. Again, the media, I’m just floored by their lack of honesty when it comes to oh, well, no other legal, no other attorney general ever got followed through with the DOJ on these contempt charges. But neither has other advisors of presidents, except if they’re advisers of President Trump, two of which are now going to face jail terms for contempt of Congress. What is your take on the whole Merrick Garland contempt vote?”

Congressman John Joyce said, “The American taxpayers paid for that. Pat, you’re spot on with that assessment. So last week, I voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with lawful subpoenas that were issued by the judiciary committee. You all know that Jim Jordan is my friend, and that was from his committee, and it was also from the oversight committee led by Chairman Jamie Comer. So for months, Attorney General Garland has refused to produce the audio tapes that were recorded during special counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents. To your point, Pat, this is what American taxpayers paid for. These are your documents. This is what we’re asking for. So they gave a written form of that, but we want to hear the audio tape. We want to hear if anything was omitted, anything was not included in what came from those written documents. We want to hear the audio tapes, and they’ve already released that. They’ve released the written component of it. All we’re asking is for the complete release of information, because reviewing these tapes is a critical component, and we know that the Biden White House has altered written transcripts in the past. We need the audio tapes.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM asked, “Have you heard those audio tapes at all? Has anybody heard those tapes in the circle?”

“I have not,” Joyce confirmed. “I have not and I want to hear them. I asked Jim Jordan that exact question. I think that we as a body need to hear those to understand why special counsel Hur made the decision not to bring charges against President Biden. This is a continuation, and you said it, it’s a double standard that we’ve seen for years from the Justice Department, where special counsel Jack Smith is prosecuting President Trump for similar allegations, but Biden is getting a free pass and is supposedly incompetent to stand trial. Now, I do think he’s incompetent. I’m not going to argue with that point, but I want to hear in the tape what happened that special counsel Hur arrived at that decision. President Biden cannot claim executive privilege on a conversation after already releasing the transcripts. The transcripts are there. We need to hear the audio tapes that go with them. Congress needs to be able to hear these recordings as a part of an active investigation, and that is why I voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress last week.”