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‘The Only Option’: Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Arrest to Be Voted On

via 60 Minutes

Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna of Florida plans to push for a House vote to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress for not providing audio tapes of President Joe Biden’s interviews during a probe.

Luna asserts that using inherent contempt is necessary to ensure compliance with the subpoena and protect Congress’s authority.

“The only option to ensure compliance with our subpoena is to use our constitutional authority of inherent contempt,” Luna wrote.

“In the next few days, I will call up my resolution holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and I look forward to each of you voting in favor of it,” she wrote.

“The urgency of this situation cannot be overstated. Our ability to legislate effectively and fulfill our constitutional duties is at stake. We must act now to protect the integrity and independence of the legislative branch,” she said.

The proposal aims to bring Garland to Congress for questioning and obtain the requested evidence, emphasizing the need for consequences to enforce congressional subpoenas.

Luna criticizes Garland’s actions, alleging a disregard for Congress and urging transparency in releasing the tapes, while highlighting Garland’s outreach to moderate Republicans to reject the inherent contempt resolution.

“The Department of Justice’s blatant disregard for Congress as an institution, exemplified by its refusal to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland, is a direct threat to this legislative body. Attorney General Garland’s defiance of two lawful subpoenas is a clear violation of our authority,” she wrote.

“The executive branch will continue to withhold information from Congress if there are no consequences for their actions,” Luna said.

“It is imperative that Congress uses its inherent contempt powers and instructs the Sergeant at Arms to bring Attorney General Garland to the House for questioning and compel him to produce the requested evidence,” she wrote.

“The Department of Justice and the attorney general cannot be the ultimate deciders of whether or not a congressional subpoena is enforced. If Congress allows this to happen, we risk being subordinated to the attorney general and being completely neutered in our ability to legislate,” she said.

“Attorney General Garland is now calling moderate Republicans, pushing them to vote against my inherent contempt resolution,” she said. “This is the very definition of corruption. He believes he is above the law and can tell elected members of Congress what to do.

“My message to Garland is straightforward: release the tapes to Congress and let us listen to them.”

“Why is Merrick Garland fighting so hard to keep these tapes hidden?” Luna said. “What is on those tapes that is making him act in a criminal manner to protect Joe Biden?

“Any other American would be in jail for what he is doing. This blatant abuse of power must be stopped. The American people deserve integrity in our institutions, not political corruption.”

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