WASHINGTON — Two Republican-led House committees threatened Monday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress to force him to share audio of special counsel Robert Hur’s interviews with President Biden and his ghostwriter as part of Hur’s investigation into mishandling of classified documents.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) subpoenaed the audio in February.

“[T]he Committees expect you to produce all responsive materials no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 8, 2024. If you fail to do so, the Committees will consider taking further action, such as the invocation of contempt of Congress proceedings,” Comer and Jordan wrote.

Tapes of Biden could bolster — or undermine — Hur’s assessment that the president’s mental decline is so obvious that no jury would convict him of knowingly mishandling classified documents from his 36-year Senate tenure and eight-year vice presidency.

Meanwhile, recordings of ghostwriter Mark Zwonitzer — who admitted to deleting recordings of Biden discussing sensitive information after learning of Hur’s inquiry — would flesh out the precise exchanges described in the special counsel’s report.

In one recording, Hur wrote, Biden said that he had just found classified material in the basement of his post-vice presidency rental home in northern Virginia.

The Justice Department released transcripts of Biden’s Oct. 8-9 dialogues with Hur on March 12, hours before the former special counsel appeared before the House Judiciary Committee.

The threat of embarrassing contempt proceedings could cajole transparency — after similar tactics last year prompted FBI Director Christopher Wray to share documents on an informant’s claim that the Biden family accepted bribes from a Ukrainian businessman.

That informant, Alexander Smirnov, now faces charges for allegedly lying about the bribe claim to his FBI handler.

Garland himself would be in charge of deciding whether to prosecute himself if the House of Representatives was to hold him in contempt.

In 2012, the then-GOP-led House held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to hand over documents on the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

The Democrat-led House in 2019 held Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to share documents on attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Holder and Barr did not prosecute themselves.

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