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House Republicans move to hold Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress


House Republicans have moved forward with an attempt to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress.

On Thursday, the judiciary committee voted along party lines that the panel would recommend that the full House of Representatives hold Mr Garland in contempt.

The Oversight Committee looks set to take the same measure on Thursday night, according to Politico.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during the 36th Annual Candlelight Vigil to honor the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in 2023, in Washington, on May 13, 2024 (AP)

A majority of the full House must then vote for the measure before it can be handed to a US attorney. This means that several vulnerable Republican moderates in seats they may lose in the autumn must vote for a measure even as they have shared concerns about their party’s growing battle with the Department of Justice.

The House Republicans made the move to recommend that the full House hold Mr Garland in contempt after the Department of Justice defied subpoenas from the House GOP demanding audio of an interview with President Joe Biden conducted by then-Special Counsel Robert Hur.

The White House told Republicans in the House on Thursday morning that Mr Biden had decided to utilize executive privilege over the audio, which essentially removes the possibility of criminal prosecution against Mr Garland for not complying with the subpoenas.

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