GOP House Races Against Time for Biden-DOJ Tapes

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GOP-led House in Race Against Time to Obtain Biden-DOJ Tapes

The Republican-led House returns to Capitol Hill today with just 21 scheduled legislative days left before the November elections to obtain the audio tapes of Justice Department special counsel Robert Hur's 2023 interview with President Biden regarding his mishandling of classified documents.

The House GOP has the transcript of the five-hour interview but has offered several arguments on why it wants the tapes. One of the main reasons is that the federal criminal investigation ended this year with no charges against Biden in part because Hur concluded a jury would likely view the president as a “sympathetic, well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.”

This comment took on much greater significance after Biden's June 27 debate with GOP candidate Donald Trump in which the president's cognitive abilities appear to contribute to his halting performance.


GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson has also suggested he wants the tapes to ensure the transcript of the interview is accurate.

Earlier in June, the House voted to hold Garland in contempt for declining to turn over the subpoenaed tapes, but Garland's department declined to prosecute him.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee sued Garland to enforce its subpoena for the tapes. This is not the committee's first attempt to get its hands on the tape. After it pressured Garland previously, Biden exerted his executive privilege over the committee to prevent their disclosure.

Republicans have rejected the executive privilege argument because the lower chamber already has the transcript.

In Hur's report on his investigation, he also stated Biden “appeared to have significant limitation” in recordings with ghostwriter of his memoir, Mark Zwonitzer, in 2017 and during his 2023 interview with the special counsel’s team.

The Department of Justice admitted in May in a federal court document that the transcript had been altered, omitting some repeated words and filler words such as "um."

Meanwhile, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) late last month introduced a resolution that would fine Garland $10,000 a day until he complies with the subpoena and releases the audio tapes. Luna is invoking the House’s power of “inherent contempt” to fine Garland. She plans to force a vote as early as this week.

The GOP-led House appears to have limited, if any, options to get the tapes, following its so far unsuccessful efforts in the Biden impeachment hearings, with the looming possibility Republicans could lose the chamber to Democrats in November.

The House returns to Capitol Hill today with just 21 scheduled legislative days left before the November elections to obtain the audio tapes of Justice Department special counsel Robert Hur's 2023 interview with President Biden regarding his mishandling of classified documents.

The House GOP has the transcript of the five-hour interview but has offered several arguments on why it wants the tapes. One of the main reasons is that the federal criminal investigation ended this year with no charges against Biden in part because Hur concluded a jury would likely view the president as a “sympathetic, well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.”

This comment took on much greater significance after Biden's June 27 debate with GOP candidate Donald Trump in which the president's cognitive abilities appear to contribute to his halting performance.

GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson has also suggested he wants the tapes to ensure the transcript of the interview is accurate.

Earlier in June, the House voted to hold Garland in contempt for declining to turn over the subpoenaed tapes, but Garland's department declined to prosecute him.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee sued Garland to enforce its subpoena for the tapes. This is not the committee's first attempt to get its hands on the tape. After it pressured Garland previously, Biden exerted his executive privilege over the committee to prevent their disclosure.

Republicans have rejected the executive privilege argument because the lower chamber already has the transcript.

In Hur's report on his investigation, he also stated Biden “appeared to have significant limitation” in recordings with ghostwriter of his memoir, Mark Zwonitzer, in 2017 and during his 2023 interview with the special counsel’s team.

The Department of Justice admitted in May in a federal court document that the transcript had been altered, omitting some repeated words and filler words such as "um."

Meanwhile, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) late last month introduced a resolution that would fine Garland $10,000 a day until he complies with the subpoena and releases the audio tapes. Luna is invoking the House’s power of “inherent contempt” to fine Garland. She plans to force a vote as early as this week.

The GOP-led House appears to have limited, if any, options to get the tapes, following its so far unsuccessful efforts in the Biden impeachment hearings, with the looming possibility Republicans could lose the chamber to Democrats in November.

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