The Biden Administration

WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? White House Won't Turn Over Hur Recordings, Biden Claims Executive Privilege

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.16.24

The White House announced on Thursday that it will not be handing over the audio recordings from special counsel Robert Hur’s interview with President Biden over his mishandling of classified documents.

Team Joe is asserting executive privilege, according to a letter from Associate Attorney General Carlos Uriarte.

“I write to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the requested audio recordings and is making a protective assertion of privilege over any remaining materials responsive to the subpoenas that have not already been produced,” the Associate AG wrote in a letter Thursday to Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer, chairmen of the Committee on the Judiciary and Committee on Oversight and Accountability, respectively.

“It is the longstanding position of the executive branch held by administrations of both parties that an official who asserts the President’s claim of executive privilege cannot be prosecuted for criminal contempt of Congress.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland has asked Biden to block the release of the audio recordings.

“The audio recordings of your interview and Mr. Zwonitzer’s interview fall within the scope of executive privilege. Production of these recordings to the Committees would raise an unacceptable risk of undermining the Department’s ability to conduct similar high-profile criminal investigations–in particular, investigations where the voluntary cooperation of White House officials is exceedingly important,” Garland wrote to Biden in a letter obtained by Fox News.

Hur’s now-infamous report painted Biden as an “elderly man with a poor memory.” In several instances, according to the transcripts, Biden forgot the years of key events in his life.

White House Counsel Ed Siskel claims that the GOP-led committees will only manipulate the recordings if they ever got their hands on them.

“The absence of a legitimate need for the audio recordings lays bare your likely goal — to chop them up, distort them, and use them for partisan political purposes,” White House Counsel Ed Siskel wrote in a letter to Republican House leaders Thursday morning revealing Biden’s decision. “Demanding such sensitive and constitutionally-protected law enforcement materials from the Executive Branch because you want to manipulate them for potential political gain is inappropriate.”

Conservative news anchor Greta Van Susteren said on X that the tape Biden is protecting does not fall within the limits of executive privilege.

This story is developing…

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