Republicans threaten to hold AG Garland in contempt for Biden docs.

Washington — House Republicans threatened to throw Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress if he did not give over unredacted special counsel information on President Joe Biden's sensitive document handling.

In a letter Monday, Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan demanded that Garland cooperate with their subpoena from last month as part of their inquiry into Special Counsel Robert Hur's decision not to charge the president. By April 8, Oversight Committee head Comer and Judiciary Committee chair Jordan ordered the Justice Department to provide over Hur's hourslong interviews with Biden and his ghostwriter in unredacted audio and transcripts.

“If you fail to do so, the Committees will consider taking further action, such as the invocation of contempt of Congress proceedings,” the two congressmen wrote. After receiving the letter late Monday, the Justice Department said it “has been extraordinarily transparent with Congress” throughout the process.

The Attorney General released Mr. Hur's report to Congress with no redactions or changes, the Department provided documents to Congress, including a copy of the President's interview transcript, and Mr. Hur testified before Congress for more than five hours about his investigation,” department spokesperson Emma Dulaney told AP. We hope the Department would reconsider this unjustified escalation given their continuous and significant cooperation.

The threat is the latest in a series of tensions between Republicans and the GOP-appointed federal prosecutor, who testified before lawmakers two weeks ago for more than four hours about his 345-page report that questioned Biden's age and mental competence but did not recommend criminal charges. Hur stated the material was insufficient to prove a court case.

“What I wrote is what I believe the evidence shows, and what I expect jurors to perceive and believe,” Hur added. No sanitization in my explanation. Nor did I harshly criticize the president.” Hur was slammed by both sides of the aisle for his report's commentary and his decision not to charge Biden. The Justice Department issued a redacted transcript hours before his hearing to fill in gaps in Hur's and Biden's accounts of the talks and present a more nuanced picture of the yearlong probe.

Republicans like Comer and Jordan have argued for a year that former President Donald Trump was unfairly prosecuted by the Justice Department for mishandling secret documents, unlike Biden. During the hearing, GOP lawmakers noted that Biden was acquitted but Trump was condemned, questioning whether the two cases were that different.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., called it “glaring double standard.” He told Hur, “Donald Trump’s being prosecuted for exactly the same act you documented Joe Biden committed.”

However, the probes differ greatly. After the documents were found, Biden's team returned them, and the president agreed to an interview and home searches. Trump, meanwhile, is accused of using advisers and lawyers to hide the records from the authorities and destroy potentially damaging evidence.

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