You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

In theory, Congress could try Miers directly (Inherent contempt)... [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-20-07 10:11 AM
Original message
In theory, Congress could try Miers directly (Inherent contempt)...
Advertisements [?]

Whisper that to me again, Rep. Conyers...
by Elwood Dowd
Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 04:41:13 PM PDT
... you're getting me excited.

You know what I mean, Congressman. The words you said yesterday in your letter to Harriet Miers, after she announced she would refuse to appear today. She's refusing to respond to a Congressional subpoena, on the orders of the President. Your letter told her:

A refusal to appear before the Subcommittee tomorrow could subject Ms. Miers to contempt proceedings, including but not limited to proceedings under 2 U.S.C. 194 and under the inherent contempt authority of the House of Representatives.
"Inherent contempt." My heart fluttered.

In recent decades Congress has relied on having contempt of Congress cases handled in the federal courts. Inherent contempt charges are not: the House casts a majority vote to find the defendant in contempt, and the convicted defendant is then taken into custody by House employees and confined for up to the remainder of the session (that is, until January 2009).

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC