Mike Johnson vows to take Merrick Garland to court to get Biden, special counsel recordings

"The House disagrees with the assertions in the letter from the Department of Justice, and as Speaker, I will be certifying the contempt reports to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia." 

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House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said on Friday that the House GOP will go to court in order to enforce the contempt of Congress charge against Biden's Attorney General Merrick Garland. This would also be to obtain the audio recordings of President Joe Biden's interviews with Special Counsel Robert Hur.  

On Friday, the DOJ said that it would not enforce Garland's contempt of Congress charge after a vote from the House GOP held him in contempt this week for not turning over the audio recordings.  

In response to a story from Fox News that reported the DOJ would not prosecute Garland, Johnson wrote, "The House disagrees with the assertions in the letter from the Department of Justice, and as Speaker, I will be certifying the contempt reports to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia." 

"We will also move to enforce the subpoena of Attorney General Garland in federal court. It is sadly predictable that the Biden Administration’s Justice Department will not prosecute Garland for defying congressional subpoenas even though the department aggressively prosecuted Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro for the same thing. This is yet another example of the two-tiered system of justice brought to us by the Biden Administration," Johnson added.  

In a letter sent to Johnson by the DOJ, per Fox News, the agency stated, "Consistent with this longstanding position and uniform practice, the Department has determined that the responses by Attorney General Garland to the subpoenas issued by the Committees did not constitute a crime, and accordingly the Department will not bring the congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General." 

Earlier this week, the House voted to hold Garland in contempt after not cooperating with a subpoena to give House GOP members the recordings of Biden's interviews with Special Counsel Hur in the classified documents case against Biden. Hur had declined to prosecute Biden in part because he thought that a jury would decline to convict him on grounds that he appeared to be a sympathetic "well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory."  

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