GOP to DOJ: Give It to Us!

( – House Republicans have made a bold move by subpoenaing the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the transcript of Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur.

This request comes after Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents raised questions about Biden’s mental state.

Hur’s report, released earlier in February, didn’t just detail Biden’s handling of classified documents. It also highlighted a five-hour interview with him, during which Biden seemed to struggle with remembering key dates, including when his vice presidency started and ended, and the date of his late son’s death.

The media got hold of a letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland by the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. The letter made it clear they had asked the DOJ to hand over the transcript by February 19 at 5 p.m., a deadline the department missed.

“The Oversight and Judiciary Committees, in coordination with the Ways and Means Committee, are investigating whether sufficient grounds exist to draft articles of impeachment against President Biden for consideration by the full House,” the letter reads.

Debate over whether to release Hur’s interview transcript has been intense among both Biden supporters and critics. The White House criticized Hur’s comments about Biden as “gratuitous” and challenged their accuracy.

In response, critics have called for the transcript’s release, arguing it would validate the White House’s stance. However, a lawyer for Biden would not confirm support for making the transcript and interview recordings public.

The FBI found documents related to U.S. policy in Afghanistan and handwritten notes on sensitive national security issues at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware. Despite these findings, Hur cited DOJ policy to justify his decision not to charge Biden.

In a rare press conference following the report’s release, Biden attempted to address concerns about his age and deflected blame onto his staff for the mishandling of classified documents. “Things that appeared in my garage, things that came out of my home, things that were moved, were moved not by me, but my staff, but my staff.” He then added “I take responsibility for not having seen exactly what my staff was doing,” Biden said during the press conference.

Biden also showed frustration with questions about his age and mental fitness, insisting the perception of him being too old was a narrative pushed by the press, not the American people.

Biden criticized Hur for bringing up the death of his son, Beau, during their interview, although reports suggest it was Biden himself who first mentioned it. Following the press conference, Biden’s allies have tried to paint Hur as a partisan figure, despite his appointment by Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland. The White House, reportedly unhappy with the investigation’s outcomes, had pressured Hur to omit sections questioning Biden’s mental faculties.

Hur is set to testify before Congressional Republicans next month, a session that promises to be closely watched as the 2024 election campaign heats up.