House GOP Have Enough Votes For AG Garland Contempt Vote?

( – Floridian Rep. Anna Paulina Luna has called for Attorney General Merrick Garland’s arrest. Luna argues that Garland should go on trial in Congress, charged with inherent contempt, and be detained in Washington, DC.

Mr. Garland refused to provide Congress with audio copies of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s interview with President Biden about his handling of classified documents, some of which were located in his Delaware garage. The interview prompted Mr. Hur to announce he would not file charges against the President because a jury would view him as an elderly man with memory problems.

The Justice Department has provided Republicans with a transcript of the interview, but GOP lawmakers insist they must hear the audio, which will inform them of delays or confusion in President Biden’s responses. Rep. Luna stated that the Sergeant at Arms must arrest Garland and present him to the House for trial. “The only option to ensure compliance with our subpoena is to use our constitutional authority of inherent contempt,” she said.

Luna has also separately advocated that Garland face a $10,000 per day fine until the tapes are handed over. Sensing Republican unease about her arrest proposal, the Floridian filed a resolution urging a financial penalty.

Simultaneously, the House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit to force Garland to supply the recordings weeks after finding him in Contempt of Congress. GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson noted that the tapes are necessary not only to assess the President’s mental capacity but also to ensure that the transcript provided is accurate.

In May, the President stepped in and asserted executive privilege to prevent the tapes from passing to Republicans. Biden reportedly took the dramatic step on Merrick Garland’s recommendation. The scope of Presidential executive privilege has never been clearly defined, though its use dates back to George Washington.

Nevertheless, Republicans appeared undeterred and passed a resolution recommending Garland be held in contempt after the President exerted executive authority.

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