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Justice Department rebuked for delay tactics in Biden-Hur tapes pursuant to judge’s order

The Justice Department faced criticism Friday for delaying a federal court order that would have accelerated the deadline for deciding whether records of President Biden’s meeting with then-special counsel Robert Hur should be released.

The situation evolved after advocacy groups filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recording request last month.

The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project, Judicial Watch, and CNN all filed requests to release the tapes, and Congressional Republicans sought but failed to subpoena them. His FOIA requests from three organizations were combined into his one lawsuit.

The Justice Department said in April that it would not comply with subpoenas from House Republicans, saying it was “unprecedented” to maintain cooperation with Congress’ investigation of the Biden family. In response to this development, Representatives James Comer (R-Ky.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) threatened Attorney General Merrick Garland with contempt of Congress.

But a federal district court in Washington, D.C., ruled this week that there would be an expedited press conference schedule to litigate the release of the tapes, and Republicans further argued that Biden’s cognitive decline and unfitness for public office were He claims he will prove it.

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The Surveillance Project’s lead attorney, attorney Kyle Brosnan, called the Justice Department’s insistence on scheduling the press conference, originally scheduled for August, “ridiculous” and said Friday it was in the public interest to preserve the tapes. He told FOX News Digital. He was released immediately.

Although the Oversight Project, Judicial Watch and CNN have consolidated their FOIA cases, Brosnan said each plaintiff can continue to file their own briefs and motions independently.

Mr. Brosnan also noted that Mr. Jordan and Mr. Comer’s committee subpoenaed the same recordings and threatened to slander Mr. Garland, and that the contents of the case have already been reported to the highest levels of the Justice Department. He said that it shows.

“Therefore, it makes no sense to take so long to prepare legal arguments, given that the entire apparatus of the Justice Department, including at the top level, is well aware of not only the interests of Congress, but also the litigation,” he said. Ta. .

In a court motion filed May 2 and obtained by Fox News Digital, estate plaintiffs objected to the original conference schedule and said the FOIA case was a “very important” case.

“The estate plaintiffs are willing to move as quickly as this lawsuit requires, and the Department of Justice should be willing to do the same,” he said, adding that the Justice Department had “expected significant efforts to prepare the documents.” “I don’t need time,” he said. Plaintiffs also criticized their claims, calling them “deploring.”[ing]” The government announced that it is necessary to take into account the holidays of Memorial Day and Independence Day.

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In a published response to the ruling, Judicial Watch called the Justice Department’s challenge “another brazen cover-up” and alleged “political maneuvering.”

In this week’s ruling (text obtained by FOX News Digital), Judge Timothy Kelley gave motions to summary judgment (motions to decide claims without a trial) to be filed by May 31. commanded the government. Judge Kelly’s order included several other orders. The date has been moved up and the final motion is scheduled for July 29th.

Regarding criticism that the Justice Department had already done its job and released the transcript of Mr. Hur’s interview, Mr. Brosnan said that Mr. Considering what he explained, audiotapes are contextually very different from recordings. Potential jurors say it’s “difficult to convince someone with a poor memory” that they should be found guilty.

He noted how the White House disputed those statements in Heo’s report, saying, “The audio recordings could help defuse the controversy over President Biden’s mental competency.” said.


“You know, President Biden himself has said, ‘Look at me,’ in response to a question about his mental capacity. Well, if we had the ability to listen to him, this “It will help calm the controversy,” Brosnan said.

In a statement released by washington times, Assistant Attorney General Brian Boyton said plaintiff CNN “is not entitled to receive documents or information exempt from disclosure under FOIA.” Boyton said the Justice Department’s actions do not violate FOIA or any other statute or provision.

The Department of Justice declined to comment to Fox News Digital for this article.