Speaker Johnson Demands Biden’s Secret Interview Footage

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

(FixThisNation.com) – On Friday, Speaker Mike Johnson claimed that the House would be going to court in order to have the subpoena against Attorney General Merrick Garland enforced. The subpoena is part of the House’s efforts to gain access to the audio interview of President Joe Biden from the Department of Justice investigation into the classified materials found in his property. The Justice Department refused to provide access to the interviews as the President has claimed executive privilege over them. The transcripts of the interviews are available. 

In a statement, the House Speaker argued that unfortunately, it was predictable that the Department of Justice under the Biden administration would not be prosecuting Garland despite the fact he defied a congressional subpoena. As he pointed out previously the department had prosecuted both Peter Navarro and Steven Bannon over a similar case, but the Justice system was working into two tiers. 

Earlier on Friday the Department had sent a letter to Johnson in which they pointed out that the longstanding position of the DOJ is that they would not be prosecuting any officials who did not comply with a subpoena in the case where the U.S. President has claimed executive privilege. 

Last month Biden had stated that the audio was protected by executive privilege and argued that the House GOP was only looking to gain access to it for political purposes. Despite this, the Republicans have pushed forward with their contempt efforts and voted on Wednesday that Garland should be punished for not handing over the recording.

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