DOJ refusing to hand over audio of Biden special counsel interview, under threat of contempt

The following is from Just The News.

In a letter sent to the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Thursday, the Department of Justice extensively explained its decision to continue to withhold audio from President Joe Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur in his classified documents investigation. 

Oversight Chairman James Comer and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan sent a letter last month to Attorney General Merrick Garland threatening contempt proceedings if the department did not turn over the materials requested by the committees. 

“The Committees’ letter threatens contempt proceedings to enforce a subpoena to which the Department has already responded. We have repeatedly invited the Committees to identify how these audio recordings from law enforcement files would serve the purposes for which you say you want them,” Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte wrote to congressional investigators. 

“We have also repeatedly urged the Committees to avoid unnecessary conflict and to respect the public interest in the Department’s ability to conduct effective investigations by protecting sensitive law enforcement files. The Committees have repeatedly failed to explain your needs or to demonstrate respect for the Department’s law enforcement functions,” he added. 


The Biden Justice Department argues the committees have not demonstrated “legitimate congressional need” for the interview tapes that would warrant overriding concerns about “protecting the confidentiality of law enforcement files,” according to the letter. 

“The Biden Administration does not get to determine what Congress needs and does not need for its oversight of the executive branch. The American people deserve to hear the actual audio of President Biden’s answers to Special Counsel Hur,” Chairman Comer said in response to an earlier refusal by the department to turn over the recordings. 

“We will respond to the Department of Justice,” Comer vowed in a statement to Just the News on Thursday. 

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4 thoughts on “DOJ refusing to hand over audio of Biden special counsel interview, under threat of contempt”

  1. The House of Representatives needs to charge Merrick Garland with contempt. They need to show them that we are watching and expect accountability and transparency from this corrupt DOJ.

  2. The Biden DOJ continues to think it is above the Constitution concerning separation of the 3 branches of the government. Contempt of Congress charges should be filled.

  3. I think it’s critical the tapes be released. Who really knows what kind of questions “special counsel” Hur asked? As the Vice President he knew dam well he was not allowed to have or remove any of his papers. He did anyway, thumbing his nose at the laws. There is a reason Hur soft talked this crime and his explanation is beyond ridiculous. He’s basically saying Biden was an old man and feeble minded when he was a Vice President with difficulty remembering things so we’re giving him a break. Now doesn’t that just show how corrupt this DOJ is. Then top it off he somehow magically becomes president with millions upon millions of “votes”. Ya sure!

  4. It appears fairly clear that the DOJ will stall until after the election. If a democrat is elected as POTUS (I don’t believe it will be Joe Biden) pardons all around. If Trump is elected and the House and or Senate are democrat majorities the stall will continue.
    In simplier terms, to hell with what the people want or what is right, the democrats are in control now and may be come Jan 2025.

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