House Judiciary To Begin Contempt Proceedings Against Garland Over Biden Docs Probe Audio
Attorney General Merrick Garland gives remarks at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters on April 23, 2024 in Washington, DC.
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The House Judiciary Committee is poised to initiate contempt of Congress proceedings against Attorney General Merrick Garland in a clash over recordings from special counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Joe Biden‘s handling of classified documents.

With no apparent breakthrough in negotiations between House Republicans and the Department of Justice (DOJ) for lawmakers to get the audio files, a source confirmed to The Daily Wire that a markup is being planned for May 16, which is Thursday of next week.

House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Garland a few weeks ago, saying they were giving him 10 more days to fully comply with their February subpoenas or face contempt of Congress proceedings.

“Your response to the subpoenas remains inadequate, suggesting that you are withholding records for partisan purposes and to avoid political embarrassment for President Biden,” the pair wrote, according to a copy of the April 15 letter obtained by The Daily Caller.

The lawmakers warned they would have “no choice but to invoke contempt of Congress proceedings” unless they were given the audio recordings of Hur’s interview with Biden and of the special counsel’s interview with Biden’s ghostwriter, Mark Zwonitzer.

“To avoid this, the Committees expect you to produce all responsive materials no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 25, 2024,” Comer and Jordan added.

The two chairmen had previously set an April 8 deadline, warning their committees would “consider taking further action, such as the invocation of contempt of Congress proceedings” without full compliance.

Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte sent a letter to the lawmakers on April 8, saying a transcript for the two-day interview with Biden already provided to them should be sufficient. A transcript of Hur’s interview with Zwonitzer was also given.

The DOJ is “concerned” about the demands “that is cumulative of information we already gave you” and they indicate lawmakers want it for “political purposes” rather than “legitimate oversight or investigatory functions,” Uriarte said.


Hur’s report, which was released in February, criticized Biden’s retention of classified records while out of office, yet the prosecutor declined to recommend charges.

The report described Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” whom a jury likely would not convict “of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”

Hur also found that Zwonitzer deleted recordings of conversations he had with Biden upon learning about the documents inquiry.

However, the ghostwriter provided “plausible, innocent reasons” for his actions during the interview and Hur said he ultimately determined the evidence would not suffice for a conviction on obstruction of justice.

Biden and the White House have pushed back against Hur’s characterizations in his report, but Garland insisted that it would have been “absurd” for someone in his position to have edited or censored the special counsel’s explanation.

During testimony to Congress in April, Garland acknowledged his agency sent correspondence “explaining our position with respect to the recordings” and noted the “longstanding practice” of keeping witness records confidential to not “chill” future investigations.

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