House Dems fail to quash inherent contempt vote on Garland for refusing to produce Biden tapes

A motion to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress is up for a final vote this week after Democrats failed to table the effort.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) pulled the trigger and filed a resolution as privileged on Wednesday to force the House to vote on Garland. In a 207-209 vote, the Democrats’ attempt to table the resolution and effectively kill it was defeated.

Republican Reps. Mike Turner and David Joyce of Ohio and John Duarte and Tom McClintock of California joined Democrats in a procedural move, attempting to refer the motion to the Rules Committee where it would have been delayed at the least. But that effort failed as well with a 207-211 vote.

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The House voted last month to hold Garland in contempt after he defied a subpoena to turn over audio of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s interview with President Joe Biden. The Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute the attorney general led to Luna’s motion to have him held  in “inherent contempt.”

“If an American is presented with a lawful subpoena, he or she is expected that they comply or face the consequences of their defiance,” Luna said. “Why should the attorney general of the United States be held to a different standard? No one is above the law.”

In a letter to House Democrats this week, the Florida Republican noted the seriousness of the matter in light of Biden’s disastrous debate performance against former President Donald Trump.

“What America saw at the first presidential debate leaves no question that Congress needs to hear Special Counsel Robert Hur’s tapes from his interview with President Joe Biden. President Biden’s performance was so concerning to all of us who watched that even before the debate had ended, people were questioning his ability to continue as president,” Luna wrote, according to the Washington Examiner.

“Even many of you had to make the difficult decision to call for President Biden to drop out of the race. The urgency of this situation cannot be overstated, and we must act swiftly,” she added.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), was against forcing a vote this week, telling reporters on Tuesday that his “preference is to follow the legal process and legal proceedings.” Ultimately, he changed his mind.

Luna’s effort was supported by former President Trump who posted a message on Truth Social.

“I AGREE with Anna Paulina Luna and the many House Members who think Merrick Garland should be held in INHERENT CONTEMPT for refusing to release the Biden Tapes even though they were subpoenaed!” he wrote.

Frieda Powers

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