DOJ Refuses to Share Biden Interview Audio Recording

( – The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is refusing to release audio recordings of the interview with President Joe Biden conducted by Special Counsel Robert Hur relating to the president’s mishandling of classified documents after leaving office as vice president during the Obama administration.

According to a letter from the DOJ to House Chairmen Jim Jordan and James Comer, the congressional committee seeking the audio recording “have responded with escalation” and criminal contempt of Congress threats. The DOJ urged them “to avoid conflict rather than seek it.”

In response to the DOJ’s statement rebuffing the House Oversight Committee’s request for the complete audio recordings of Hur’s interview with Biden, the committee’s chairman, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, said that it’s not up to the Biden administration “to determine what Congress needs” or doesn’t need “for its oversight of the executive branch.”

Comer added that the audio recording of Biden’s answers to Hur is something that “the American people deserve to hear.” He said the administration’s refusal to release the audio recording after already releasing the interview transcript is “curious.”

The results of Hur’s 345-page report stirred controversy after arguing Biden would not stand trial because the jury would be prone to viewing him sympathetically as a “well-meaning, elderly man” with bad memory. In response to the report’s backlash, Biden defended his ability to serve and also accused Hur of insensitively raising the issue of his dead son, Beau, which was confirmed to be false by the transcript. The report did find that Biden forgot when his son died, and also couldn’t remember exactly when he served as Vice President under former President Barrack Obama.

Hur’s report determined that although Biden “willfully retained” classified materials, much of which was stored in the president’s garage at his Delaware residence, the president would not be charged or stand trial. The determination raised questions of a contradiction between the argument that Biden is fit for a second presidential term while not being fit to face a jury.

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