Exclusive — Rep. Kelly Armstrong Blasts Biden’s Use of Executive Privilege to Hide Audio

“Reading things on paper and hearing things are two different things,” Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-North Dakota), who is running for governor and is on the House Judiciary Committee, said on the show. told. Breitbart News Saturdaydiscussed President Biden’s use of executive privilege to block the release of the audio of his meeting with Special Counsel Robert Hur.

Special Counsel Robert K. Hur (Tom Williams/Tom Williams/ CQ-Roll Call, Inc) via Getty Images).

“Ministry of Justice [Department of Justice] They provided us with the records…but they also leaked them to the press. And that will become important later. It shows a pattern at the Justice Department. Then we asked for the tape. We subpoenaed the tapes because, like anything else, we have a right to whatever the best evidence is available,” he said. “Audio is better evidence than transcripts. There is,” he explained.

“So if you have a choice between hearing something in someone’s own words and seeing it written on paper, people want to hear it in their own words.” He explained, “The markup of the content was changed, and at the last minute the White House exercised administrative privileges over the tape.”

“Now they waived their executive privilege on this information when they leaked it to the press. The Justice Department’s answer is that it has a chilling effect on investigations. And I think Merrick Garland probably doesn’t want you to be accused of contempt of Congress. I think there was a real chance to get the audio after he was held in contempt of committee. I think the White House was aware of that as well, which is why they invoked executive privilege at the last minute. “I think we will prevail in this case. I think there is precedent that they don’t have a valid claim.” The question is how long it will take.”

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Attorney General Merrick Garland (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP, File)

Armstrong explained that it is one thing for prosecutors to say it is the department’s policy not to indict a sitting president, “but that is not what the prosecutor said.”

“He said he doesn’t think he’ll get a conviction because Joe Biden’s mental state is very sympathetic to the jury,” he said, adding, “Reading things on paper and hearing things are completely different.” ”, he emphasized.

“And I think they know that, I mean, their argument…I mean, this is just an oversight that we’re entitled to, and they keep saying…we’re not, and the law… There is no real or factual basis. There are real political reasons why they are afraid to publish it,” he warned, adding that the report “probably speaks for itself.”


Armstrong said he hopes the entire House holds Merrick Garland in the same contempt.

“It’s just us, or groups, that are holding the executive branch accountable. That’s what Congressional oversight is for. And what evidence does the Department of Justice have to hold them accountable outside of this case?” “If we go down the path of just deciding what’s available, which is bad for the American people to begin with, what would that mean? Maintaining separation of powers long term is a terrible idea,” he said. , added that the White House really put Merrick Garland in a box.

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