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Justice Department Won’t Prosecute Merrick Garland After Being Held In Contempt Of Congress

US Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC, June 4, 2024. (Photo by Alison Bailey/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

James Myers of OAN
Friday, June 14, 2024 2:15 p.m.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio of President Joe Biden’s interview in the classified documents case, but he will not be prosecuted.

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The Justice Department said Friday that Garland’s conduct “does not constitute a crime.” In a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, Justice Department officials cited the department’s longstanding policy of not pursuing contempt charges against congressional officials who disobey subpoenas citing a president’s assertion of executive privilege.

Meanwhile, the House voted on Wednesday to hold Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio recordings of interviews between President Biden and the special counsel, a file the White House has accused Republicans of wanting to redact in a certain way for political gain.

Moreover, on the final day to respond to Republican subpoenas for the audio, the White House invoked executive privilege to block its release.

The vote was 216-207 along party lines, with Republican Representative David Joyce of Ohio casting the only dissenting vote.

Additionally, Garland is the third attorney general to be charged with contempt of Congress.

Garland has defended the Justice Department, arguing that officials went to extraordinary lengths to provide the committee with information about special counsel Robert Hur’s classified documents investigation, including records of interviews between Biden and Garland.

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