Top Lawmaker Recommends House Hold Attorney General in Contempt
Top Lawmaker Recommends House Hold Attorney General in Contempt

By Zachary Stieber

A top lawmaker in the House of Representatives has recommended the lower chamber hold the U.S. attorney general in contempt of Congress.

Attorney General Merrick Garland should be found in contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, the recommendation from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) states.

Mr. Jordan is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The department declined to provide the House with audio tapes of President Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur, despite subpoenas being issued for the tapes. The department also refused to hand over recordings of President Biden’s ghostwriter speaking with Mr. Hur, who was appointed by Mr. Garland.

Republicans in April threatened to hold Mr. Garland, an appointee of President Biden’s, in contempt if he and his department failed to produce the tapes.

Republicans currently control the House with a 217–213 majority. A simple majority is required to hold Mr. Garland in contempt if the House Judiciary Committee, which is also controlled by the GOP, advances a contempt resolution to the full House.

A source told The Epoch Times previously that the committee was planning to meet on May 16 to advance such a resolution.

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