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House Rules Committee to Consider Holding Garland in Contempt

A resolution to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress will reportedly soon be reviewed by the House Rules Committee next week, which could pave the way for a full House vote on the lingering legislation.

The Tuesday meeting may suggest a change in the dynamics of the Republican Party, as at least two Republicans privately expressed their intention to vote against the resolution.

This week, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) stated that the recent guilty verdict rendered by a New York jury in the hush money case against former President Trump served as a source of encouragement for legislators.

The contempt resolution has been in limbo since last month, when two committees forwarded the legislation to censure Garland.

This action was overshadowed by a raucous House Oversight and Accountability Committee meeting.

The markup was postponed to accommodate members’ attendance at the New York trial of former President Trump. During the late-night session, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) initiated a heated exchange by criticizing Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) for employing artificial eyelashes.

However, the resolution’s content has also served as an obstacle.

Republicans have struggled to establish a connection between their subpoena of Garland and their impeachment investigation of President Biden.

The audio recording of Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur, which was conducted as part of his classified documents investigation, has been requested by Republicans on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees.

The resolution will proceed to the complete House floor for a vote if it is approved by the Rules Committee.

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