Peltola’s presidential protection plan: Mary votes against holding Garland in contempt of Congress


The Department of Justice’s Special Counsel Robert Hur revealed several months ago that Joe Biden is an “elderly man with a poor memory” who “did not remember when he was vice president.” Therefore, he would make a poor witness if prosecuted for his willful retention of classified materials throughout his 36 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president.

Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,” that he kept in cardboard boxes in his garage in Wilmington, Del., in piles of things that contained “household detritus.” He also stored classified documents in other locations, according to the 388-page report to the Justice Department, finalized late last year.

Among the junk in Biden’s garage were documents that “remains classified up to the Top Secret level and includes Sensitive Compartmented Information, including from compartments used to protect information concerning human intelligence sources,” the report says.

“We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” the Hur report said. “Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt. It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”

In the U.S. House on Wednesday, Rep. Mary Peltola voted to protect the tapes of the interview that Hur had with Biden, tapes that Attorney General Merrick Garland refuses to provide Congress. Today’s vote, 216-207, held Garland in contempt of Congress, with Peltola sticking with the Democrats to protect the public from learning just how senile Biden really is.

On Meet the Press in late December, Peltola defended Biden as mentally sharp and that  “as a native person, I think age is a good thing. Wisdom and experience are a good thing.”

Peltola continued, “I think that Joe Biden’s mental acuity is very, very on. He’s one of the smartest, sharpest people I’ve met in D.C.”

That was not the Special Counsel’s assessment. Hur said Biden did not remember the dates he was vice president when his son Beau died, “even within several years.” Her says Biden “appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him.” 

Hur said Biden’s legal council would “emphasize these limitations in his recall” if the case went to trial.

On Wednesday evening, Garland issued a rebuke to House Republicans as he continued to refuse turning over the tapes that could show that the president is compromised by dementia: “It is deeply disappointing that this House of Representatives has turned a serious congressional authority into a partisan weapon. Today’s vote disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the Justice Department’s need to protect its investigations, and the substantial amount of information we have provided to the Committees.”

Since Garland oversees the Department of Justice, it is nearly impossible to imagine a scenario in which the department would investigate the contempt charge. The president has exerted executive privilege over the recordings.


  1. I’m shocked!!, shocked!, itellyou.. Scary Mary votes in lockstep with the Left, to protect the guilty

  2. The CNN debate on June 27th between Biden and Trump will provide a live assessment of who has the better acuity and temperment

    • Oh “frank”…

      What will you do with your sad life once Trump is gone? Will you still call his name out softly as you go to sleep at night?

    • The difference in acuity between the two presidential contenders is revealed daily. The chasm couldn’t be more obvious. An old proverb from a children’s book: Riddle me, riddle me riddle me; none are so blind as they that won’t see. Open your eyes, libs, don’t vote for Biden. He’s cost us all, and the world, far too much in blood, hope, and money.

  3. Scary Mary is a democrat. She will always side with the democrats. And how smart is she if she thinks that Grandpa Bloodstain is one the smartest sharpest people in DC??? Thank you very much RCV….

  4. Trump promised us he would put Hillary in jail last time. Trump better keep his word and put Joe Biden in prison this time around. He and his son Hunter can eat their meals together at the crowbar hotel

  5. “Therefore as a Native person, I think age is a good thing…(?). Huh…..? WTF does that mean?
    Byron Mallott was a Native person, therefore I think pedophilia is a good thing?
    Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. We’ve got a wacko person here in the House.

      • Correct. For their wisdom.
        However, being old does not automatically mean you are wise. There are plenty of elders that are treated with respect, but no one with half a functioning brain cell follows their “wise” advice.

          • Can’t speak for all old folks, but I know of plenty that will provide absolutely stupid advice and wisdom. The only reason to listen to them is to do the opposite of what they say.
            Just because they are old, does not mean they are wise.
            But I guess your experience is different. And, you will listen to whatever advice and “wisdom” you get from an old person, solely because of their age. If that works for you, great.

  6. Anyone remember Watergate? Nixon provided written transcripts, just like Garland did. But Nixon was compelled to also provide the audio tapes and it was found out that the transcripts were not accurate.
    The parallels here are uncanny.
    And since the transcripts are released, there is no presidential immunity or privilege to release the rest. After all, Garland said they were accurate.
    A reasonable person can see there is something to hide otherwise Garland would release it and then have his “I Told You So” moment.
    But Peltola has her alliances. And it is certainly not with the American people let alone the Alaskan natives.

  7. Please don’t say you’re surprised. Unless it’s to say your surprise is she bothered to vote at all.

  8. Hur should not have made that call.

    Grandpa Bloodstains ability to stand trial should have been determined by mental health experts.

    Not a DOJ employee.

  9. This puts Do(In)J in an interesting position. When they refuse to bring charges against Garland while claiming executive privilege they will have to explain Peter Navarro currently in jail and Bannon reporting to jail on July 1. Both are on 4 month sentences for ignoring House subpoenas. Apparently some contempt is more contemptible than others. And smiling Mary simply doesn’t care. Cheers –

  10. Mary Peltola is only for politics and she needs to go back to bethel. We heard Dahlstrom on the radio say yesterday that Murkowski’s endorsement of Peltola was an easy decision and Nancy could vote for Lisa Murkowski again. Our jaw hit the floor. I’ll put Nancy down at 2 but Begich is 1 for our house.

  11. I remember how Wayne Williams “presented himself to a jury”.
    So that’s the standard for any special prosecutor going after a government official?

  12. Congress has the transcript, but that assumes that the GOP Members are actually capable of reading. Jim Jordan leading the charge for a contempt charge is hilarious, perhaps he should answer his subpoena from May of 2022. The GOP clown car is overflowing! Time for sharp left turn.

  13. Just be thankful that Merrick Garland failed to get confirmed at the US Supreme Court. Otherwise, we would never get rid of that POS.

    • It is easy to get away with any number of malicious acts when you disguise them as incompetence.

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