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Democrat blasts House GOP effort to fine Garland: 'They want to turn Congress into the Kremlin' 

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., on Wednesday denounced House Republican efforts to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in “essential contempt of Congress” as a “foolish resolution.”

“This is a stupid resolution,” Rep. McGovern said on the House floor. “Republican leadership knows this is a stupid resolution. Republicans know this is a stupid resolution. But they’re beholden to the craziest MAGA members of their party.”

“And as a result, they end up putting stupid resolutions on the floor because they don’t have the courage to stand up to extremism in their own party,” McGovern added.

He later posted a video of the moment House members made a motion to have his remarks removed from the record. Write on X Republicans want to “turn Congress into the Kremlin.”

This came after Rep. Ana Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) moved to force a vote on a resolution that would accuse Garland of “substantial contempt of Congress” and impose a $10,000 fine for each day he fails to turn over audio of President Biden’s meetings with Special Counsel Robert Hur, who is investigating the handling of classified documents.

House leaders quickly held a vote to introduce the bill, but it failed 207-209, and then a vote to send the resolution to the Rules Committee also failed 207-211. The House debated the substance of the resolution, and a vote is expected to take place on Thursday.

McGovern noted that the Justice Department has already provided transcripts of the conversations to Congress, but Republicans argue that the transcripts alone aren’t enough and that audio is needed to ensure accuracy.

“Let’s be realistic. The reason Republicans want these recordings is because the Republican National Committee [Republican National Committee] “Republicans can use government for attack ads. This is Republicans weaponizing government to attack their political opponents, and it’s sick. It’s sick,” McGovern said.

The Massachusetts Democrat then cited Republican lawmakers who had been asked to testify before Congress but had not complied with congressional subpoenas.

“For Republicans, this is like a national pastime,” McGovern said. “Golfing, fishing, ignoring subpoenas. And now they have the nerve to come here and lecture anybody about the rule of law.”