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GOP-run House votes to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt

Denied audio recordings of a President Biden interview, conservatives target the nation's top law enforcement official

The Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress - a politically charged broadside against the Biden administration that comes a day after Garland's Justice Department won a conviction against Biden's son Hunter on felony gun charges.

The vote, which passed with an initial tally of 216-207, marks the third time in a dozen years that a sitting attorney general was found in contempt by a majority of House members - an indicator of the rising partisanship in Washington, and how that partisanship has increasingly been aimed at the nation's top law enforcement officials.

Wednesday's vote is largely symbolic, in that it urges federal prosecutors to investigate and file criminal charges against the attorney general, but that is extremely unlikely to happen, given the Justice Department's past practice and legal analysis.


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