House Judiciary Committee Officially Sues AG Merrick Garland

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s eyes tear up. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
11:52 AM – Monday, July 1, 2024

Attorney General Merrick Garland was sued on Monday by the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee in an attempt to compel the release of audio recordings of President Joe Biden’s meeting with special counsel Robert Hur on his case involving classified documents.


Hur reported that during the interview, Biden experienced recurrent moments of memory loss. In light of growing apprehensions regarding the president’s age and cognition, Republicans are keen to gain traction.

According to Hur’s analysis, which was made public in February, Biden would have portrayed himself to a jury as a kind-hearted “elderly man with a poor memory.” He cited this as part of his justification for not bringing charges against Biden for mishandling confidential documents during his vice presidential term.

However, many political pundits and commentators have questioned why Biden is too “elderly,” with a declining memory, to have charges brought against him in the classified documents inquiry, but he is not too old to be reelected as the next president of the United States for four more years. 

Congressional attorneys said in a 56-page filing that Biden’s claim of executive privilege in May to protect the recording of his interview was “frivolous.”

The attorneys also maintain that the recordings provide “better evidence” of the events discussed in the interview, but the Justice Department only provided transcripts of the interview, refusing to provide the recordings to Congress.

“The [Judiciary] Committee… needs those recordings to assess the Special Counsel’s characterization of the President,” the lawyers said.

Last month, House Republicans found Garland in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over the audio recordings in response to a request from Congress.

Despite promptly announcing that it would not pursue contempt charges against Garland, the Justice Department claimed that his failure to provide the tapes “does not constitute a crime.” Now, a few House Republicans are promoting a bill that would order the sergeant-at-arms of the House to apprehend and detain Garland.

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