Biden Hiding Behind Executive Privilege?

( – Abusing his position to avoid a congressional probe, Joe Biden has used his executive power to prevent House Republicans from accessing audio recordings of his discussions with Special Counsel Robert Hur.

Biden’s move seeks to conceal what he had to say regarding his mishandling of classified documents.

The decision was announced just before House Republicans deliberated on whether to accuse Attorney General Merrick Garland of contempt of Congress for not providing the requested recordings.

Said files had been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

White House counsel Ed Siskel questioned the intentions behind the Republicans’ request for the recordings, claiming, “The absence of a legitimate need for the audio recordings lays bare your likely goal—to chop them up, distort them, and use them for partisan political purposes.”

Siskel wrote, “Demanding such sensitive and constitutionally-protected law enforcement materials from the Executive Branch because you want to manipulate them for potential political gain is inappropriate.”

The transcript of Biden’s interview with Hur from last October was already handed over to House Republicans before Hur’s public testimony in March.

Although Hur refrained from charging Biden, he said a jury would likely not convict Biden since he would portray himself as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

Hur justified including these details as necessary to understand his decision against recommending charges.

In a recent letter to Biden, Attorney General Garland cautioned that releasing the audio recordings could jeopardize future investigations by deterring witness cooperation.

He also advised that asserting executive privileges should deter the GOP from pursuing contempt charges against him.

Despite these developments, Comer announced that the Oversight Committee would still pursue contempt charges against Garland.

“The White House is asserting executive privilege over the recordings, but it has already waived privilege by releasing the transcript of the interview,” Comer said. “Today’s Hail Mary from the White House changes nothing for our committee.

“The House Oversight Committee will move forward with its markup of a resolution and report recommending to the House of Representatives that Attorney General Garland be held in contempt of Congress for defying a lawful subpoena,” he concluded.

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