United States – The U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republican Party, is preparing to vote on Wednesday concerning contempt charges against Attorney General Merrick Garland, who has failed to provide tape recordings of a special counsel interview with Democratic President Joe Biden.

DOJ Submits Transcript Amid Political Uproar

The Department of Justice stated that they had already submitted a transcript of the interview that elicited political uproar when a special counsel, Hur, released a report in February portraying Biden, aged 81, as an old man who forgets things, as reported by Reuters.

White house suggested that the recordings fall under executive privilege while a vote in the house of holding garland in contempt will leave the justice department in a dilemma of having to prosecute its own head. It is not essential to pick up the said allegation.

Van had investigated Biden after classified documents from 2009-2017, when he was a vice president, were found at his home and office. He stated that he refused to prosecute the president both because Biden had cooperated in the investigation and because he would not look good in front of the jurors.

Former president Biden’s opponent in the Nov. 5 election year was criminally prosecuted for unauthorized dealing with secret papers after his White House tenure in 2017-2021; nevertheless, unlike Biden, Trump rejected requests to return the papers.

Political rivals like the Democrats in the Congress have accused Republicans of desiring the audio to use to campaign for Trump.

Garland Defends DOJ Against Republican Attacks

Garland has claimed multiple times that House Republicans have assaulted the Justice Department and peddled outrageous narratives which could endanger career officials, as reported by Reuters.

“There have been a series of unprecedented and, frankly, unfounded attacks on the Justice Department,” Garland told reporters in May. “We have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the committees get responses to their legitimate requests, but this is not one.”

Trump was convicted in May in a jury trial for three counts of falsifying business records, and he has three active state and federal criminal cases, one of which focuses on the former president’s alleged misappropriation of classified documents.