House Judiciary Threatens to Hold Attorney General in Contempt

Justice Department says the requested files are under review to protect any classified information.

The House Judiciary Committee threatened to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt on Monday if he does not hand over all the information requested for the impeachment investigation of President Joe Biden. The Department of Justice has so far provided a transcript of special counsel Robert Hur’s two day interview of the president pertaining to his handling of classified documents during the Obama administration. However, House Leaders had requested not only this transcript, but also all notes, video, and audio files linked to Hur’s probe. 

“The February 27 subpoenas create a legal obligation on you to produce this material,” Committee Chair Jim Jordan and House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer wrote in their letter to the attorney general. The leaders issued an April 8 deadline for the rest of the requested files.

A Justice Department spokesperson responded that officials were currently reviewing the files to ensure no classified information gets leaked with their release. 

“The Attorney General released Mr. Hur’s report to Congress and made no redactions or changes, the Department provided documents to Congress including a copy of the President’s interview transcript, and Mr. Hur testified before Congress for more than five hours about his investigation,” the spokesperson said. “Given the Department’s ongoing and extensive cooperation, we hope they will reconsider this unnecessary escalation.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Chairs Jordan and Comer as they seek to ensure receipt of the requested information from the Justice Department.
  • For Attorney General Garland and DOJ officials to comply with the transcript request.

Sources: The Hill, AP


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