US Justice Dept Rebuffs Republican Demand For Audio Of Biden Interview

Per Reuters, WashingtonOn Monday, the Justice Department denied House Republicans' requests to reveal audio recordings of President Joe Biden's conversations with a special counsel, whose report questioned his memory and caused a political uproar.

For House Republicans to withdraw criminal charges against Democratic Senator Joe Biden for retaining sensitive papers from his time as vice president under Barack Obama incensed Special Counsel Robert Hur.

Assistant attorney general Carlos Uriarte said the department has already answered a congressional subpoena for all the requested information, including Hur's investigation's transcribed interviews.

Comer indicated that Republican-led House committees will continue to seek the requested information and will respond to the Justice Department shortly.

According to Comer, "The American people demand transparency from their leaders, not obstruction." House Republicans threaten Attorney General Merrick Garland with contempt if the agency fails to disclose all the records they are pursuing.

Hur's February decision not to charge Biden for willfully taking sensitive information after his 2017 departure caused a political outrage. Hur explained in a report that the president had voluntarily participated with the probe and that his senior age and "poor memory" would make him difficult to prosecute.

According to Uriarte's department letter, lawmakers have received "an extraordinary amount of information" about the Hur inquiry.

He added that this included Hur's testimony and report, copies of confidential papers, Biden interview transcripts, and Hur's interview with Biden's memoir ghostwriter Mark Zwonitzer.