Garland Blocks Release of Biden Interview Audio Amid GOP Transparency Concerns

Attorney General Merrick Garland was steadfast in his decision not to release the audio recording of the interview between former Special Counsel Robert Hur and President Joe Biden. The interview, conducted during Hur’s investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified information, has been a point of contention for many Republicans in Congress.

While the transcript of the interview has been made public, the audio version remains sealed by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ has cited concerns that Biden’s voice could be manipulated to create false recordings, known as deep-fakes, as the reason for withholding the audio.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, it was found that Biden had willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after leaving the vice presidency. These materials included marked classified documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, as well as notebooks containing Biden’s handwritten entries about national security and foreign policy. Despite these findings, Biden was not charged due to poor memory and his age.

Republicans are pushing for the release of the audio recording to congressional committees and investigators to reconcile it with the transcript. They argue that transparency is essential for holding government officials accountable and ensuring the integrity of the investigation process.

Overall, the debate over the release of the audio interview continues to be a point of contention between Democrats and Republicans, as they seek to address concerns regarding national security and transparency in government.

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